Grey herons are quite common throughout most regions of Asia, Europe and Africa (a very similar heron, the white-faced heron is found in Australasia). Zambia is almost unique in that both resident and migratory herons exist there. In regions of Africa further south, the birds are mostly non-migratory whereas in regions further north they are mainly migratory. These migratory populations fly to Eurasia to spend the summer. Grey herons are solitary birds and patiently stalk fish and frogs in rivers, lagoons and marshes.
A storm had been building for a couple of days before I took this ‘golden hour’ shot. While it is a very simple composition, this is one of my favourite pictures from the Luangwa region. The low pressure was unexpected considering that I was there during the dry season. The clouds broke as we left the park a few minutes later.