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Hickling Broad, Norfolk.

Keeping with an unintentional bird theme here, this blue heron was clearly more concerned with getting his dinner than he was with the pushy photographer taking his picture. We get to see lots of blue herons at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge in Stevensville, Montana, but usually not this close.

Heron - Cleethorpes.

Scanning the East Lyn river, Exmoor

One from last spring when I saw my first heron rookery. We saw the little ones a few times but not when they at the age where they moved around much. Mom bear with 2 cubs kept us from taking the small path in for long.

The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America. It has head-to-tail length of 91–137 cm (36–54 in), a wingspan of 167–201 cm (66–79 in), a height of 115–138 cm (45–54 in), and a weight of 1.82–3.6 kg (4.0–7.9 lb). The great blue herons are roughly twice as heavy as great egrets (Ardea alba), although only slightly taller.

Heron at Castle View Lake

Queens Park Heywood

Ardea cinerea - Grey Heron

Domaine des oiseaux de Mazères

Observatoire des Castagneux

early evening shot of local Giant Blue Heron.

Ardea cinerea - Grey Heron

Domaine des oiseaux de Mazères

Observatoire des Castagneux

Ardea cinerea - Grey Heron

Domaine des oiseaux de Mazères

Observatoire des Castagneux

Ardea cinerea - Grey Heron

Domaine des oiseaux de Mazères

Observatoire des Castagneux

Great Blue Heron at Lighthouse Maine Park in Point Roberts, WA.

Ardea cinerea - Grey Heron

Domaine des oiseaux de Mazères

Observatoire des Castagneux

My first visit to the Viera Wetlands and found this Tricolored Heron walking and searching for food. You can see this and more on my website www.les-greenwood.pixels.com

"Both herons and cranes are big grey birds, but there are some very distinct differences. The heron flies with its neck bent and head tucked in so appears short necked, with long trailing legs. The crane flies with neck outstretched like a goose and but also trails its long legs behind."

 

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Heron at FL rookery

Ardea cinerea - Grey Heron

Domaine des oiseaux de Mazères

Observatoire des Castagneux

Heron in action in Ottawa Wildlife refuge.

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Heron in action in Ottawa Wildlife refuge.

The grey heron (Ardea cinerea) is a long-legged predatory wading bird of the heron family, Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but some populations from the more northern parts migrate southwards in autumn. A bird of wetland areas, it can be seen around lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes and on the sea coast. It feeds mostly on aquatic creatures which it catches after standing stationary beside or in the water or stalking its prey through the shallows.

 

Standing up to a metre tall, adults weigh from 1 to 2 kg (2.2 to 4.4 lb). They have a white head and neck with a broad black stripe that extends from the eye to the black crest. The body and wings are grey above and the underparts are greyish-white, with some black on the flanks. The long, sharply pointed beak is pinkish-yellow and the legs are brown.

 

The birds breed colonially in spring in "heronries", usually building their nests high in trees. A clutch of usually three to five bluish-green eggs is laid. Both birds incubate the eggs for a period of about 25 days, and then both feed the chicks, which fledge when seven or eight weeks old. Many juveniles do not survive their first winter, but if they do, they can expect to live for about five years.

 

In Ancient Egypt, the deity Bennu was depicted as a heron in New Kingdom artwork. In Ancient Rome, the heron was a bird of divination. Roast heron was once a specially-prized dish; when George Neville became Archbishop of York in 1465, four hundred herons were served to the guests.

 

source - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_heron

Ardea cinerea - Grey Heron

Domaine des oiseaux de Mazères

Observatoire des Castagneux

Here's one more image of a heron that I photographed last weekend. After making several close portraits, I backed up to get a few full-length shots. A very cooperative bird!

 

Brazos Bend State Park in SE Texas

 

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Grey Heron caught in flight at Rodley Nature Reserve

Héron cendré

Ardea cinerea

Grey Heron

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Garza Real

 

Sat patiently waiting to catch his fish

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