The flight of the Heron
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|A very widespread Old World species breeding across much of Eurasia and Africa. Breeds throughout the British Isles and much of mainland Europe from north and central France north to coastal Scandinavia and east across Russia to Sakhalin, Manchuria and Japan. In the south found at scattered localities from Iberia to Greece and Turkey, the Caucasus and east across southern Asia, India and Indochina south to Sumatra and Java. In Africa breeds on the Mediterranean coast and in the Nile Valley, on the Banc D'Arguin in Mauritania, probably also on the Azores, in West Africa, western Madagascar and from Ethiopia south to South Africa.|
Northernmost birds are migratory and winter range is more extensive in Europe, Africa, south-west Asia and Indonesia. Vagrant north to Greenland and Svalbard and to the south a rare resident/migrant or vagrant to Azores and Cape Verde Islands. Also recorded on Bermuda, the West Indies and in Newfoundland.
Height 90-98 cm
Weight up to 2 kg
* Bright white crown
* Black line running from above and behind the eye to the nape and extending as a spike-like crest
* White neck with a double row of black streaks down the throat
* Underparts grey
* Black patch from shoulder down to flanks
* Grey back and wings
* Long, yellow bill
* Greenish-yellow legs and feet
* All-grey underwing
The call is a harsh kraaank.
Opportunist feeders, Grey Herons eat a wide variety of fish, invertebrates, ducklings and land animals, such as rats and young rabbits.
They have even been recorded catching swifts, by ambushing them under a low level bridge.
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- [2009-11-04 5:20]
Nice capture and interesting composition.Best regards.Alin.
- [2009-11-04 11:21]
Marvelous shot. The background, extremely sharp subject, water dropplets.... The point system here is a joke... 60 views, 2 points ?
Come on guys
The sharpness and lighting is so amazing...
Indeed the point system is a joke... It all depends on how many friends you have on TN and not the composition...!!!
I give it 8 / 10...
Vipin Baliga :-)
SUPERB! My compliments, Rakesh! No words!
All the best wishes from Rusia,
Great shot of this beautiful bird taking of.
I love the sharpness and composition of the shot.
Thanks for sharing