very large size; greyish with rufous patches (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Goliath Heron
Ardea goliath

Native Range: Africa

Notes: a gigantic (goliath) heron, even larger that the similarly-colored Grey Heron and Great Blue Heron; widespread but rather uncommon throughout sub-Saharan Africa in lakes and other bodies of water with extensive reeds.

huge heron-type bill; reddish on head and neck (South Africa; 2007-06-30)