Saturday, 30 August 2008

The Grey Heron

I went out for a quick session of birdsnapping today and came across this Grey Heron just begging too be photographed. I wish I had bought an SLR !

Grey Heron

Anyway, Grey Herons are the largest of European Herons and  are also among the more commonly encountered water birds.

Grey Heron

Adults of this species can be distinguished from juveniles in that they have a white head with a broad black supecilium, while immature ones have a dull grey head.

Grey Heron

They are known to feed in shallow waters, with fish and frogs making up the bulk of their diet. However, they will also eat small mammals and birds.

 

Grey Heron

It is usually a solitary bird but many birds are seen to feed close together. They can usually be seen all year round in Britain.

 

Grey Heron

The grey herons flight is slow, with its long neck retracted into an S shape and its wingspan extended to nearly 175-195cm. The retraction of the neck during flight distinguishes Herons and Bitterns from Storks, Cranes and Spoonbills.


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