|Copyright: pedro anahory (anahory)
|Date Taken: 2007-03|
|Camera: Canon 30D, Sigma 80-400|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-03-07 17:17|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds retreat in winter from the ice in colder regions.|
It is a large bird, standing 90-100 cm tall, with a 175-195 cm wingspan and a weight of 1-2 kg. Its plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. Adults have a white head with a broad black supercilium and slender crest, while immatures have a dull grey head. It has a powerful pinkish-yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks.
There are four subspecies:
Ardea cinerea cinerea Linnaeus, 1758. Europe, Africa, western Asia.
Ardea cinerea jouyi Clark, 1907. Eastern Asia.
Ardea cinerea firasa Hartert, 1917. Madagascar.
Ardea cinerea monicae Jouanin & Roux, 1963. Islands off Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania.
It is closely related and similar to the American Great Blue Heron, which differs in slightly larger size, and chestnut-brown flanks and thighs. The Australian White-faced Heron is often incorrectly called Grey Heron.(wikipedia)
english: grey heron
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Hi Pedro, great capture of an eating heron, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
- [2007-03-08 0:03]
not well focused but really nice action capture.
- [2007-03-20 9:09]
nice moment! great action. sad, but not well focused. tfs
This heron could be fishing in my bay here! Recently I saw a Great Blue Heron lumbering along like the Spruce Goose...
It didn't hang around when some kid started rock hopping!
Thanx for sharing this "caught in the act heron. Jay