Goliath Heron Ardea goliath
This is the world’s largest heron. The Goliath heron is very aquatic, even by heron standards, rarely venturing far from a water source and preferring to fly along waterways rather than move over land. Important habitats can include lakes, swamps, mangrove wetlands, reefs and sometimes river deltas. It typically is found in shallows, though can be observed near deep water over dense water vegetation. Goliath herons can even be found in small watering holes. They have ranged in elevation from sea level to 2,100 m (6,900 ft). They tend to prefer pristine wetlands and generally avoid areas where human disturbances are a regular occurrence.
Note that the left wingtip is actually dipped into the water
This late afternoon, three quarter back-lit silhouette reflection image was captured on the southern bank of the Crocodile River close to the Crocodile Bridge entry gate to the Kruger National Park, South Africa.