It has been a long time with no sightings of any Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath) around the Shinde private concession. It just so happen that we received guests in camp and their first question to me was “is it possible to see a goliath heron because it’s on the top of my list to see”. On our first game drive we went to Hippo Pool’s area, some time back I had seen a Goliath Heron there but wasn’t feeling so hopeful. I think luck was on my side that day. As we approached the water’s edge I couldn’t believe my eyes. We spotted the sought-after bird!
The Goliath Heron is described as an enormous wading bird which is easily recognised by its size alone, fully grown standing nearly one meter tall and weighing about 5kgs. It is usually a solitary feeder, normally found near to the water. It is identified as the biggest of the heron family Ardeidae.