SD7808 : Grey Heron; Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal

taken 3 years ago, near to Radcliffe, Bury, Great Britain

Grey Heron; Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal
Grey Heron; Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal
A Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) standing in a pool at the side of the Bury arm of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal near Radcliffe.
Grey Heron
The grey heron (Ardea cinerea) is a large bird, standing up to a metre in height and with a wingspan of up to two metres. They are very distinctive in appearance; tall, long-legged predatory wading birds with a long, sharp, pointed beak and grey, black and white feathering. They can stand with their neck stretched out, looking for food, or hunched down with their neck bent over their chest. Sometimes, grey herons circle high up into the sky and can be mistaken for large birds of prey.

Grey herons are wetland birds resident throughout the UK around any kind of water; garden ponds, marshes, lakes, rivers and even on estuaries. They can be spotted at any time of year as UK grey herons do not migrate.

Herons feed mainly on fish, amphibians, small mammals and insects which are taken in shallow water with the heron's long bill. They have also been observed catching and killing juvenile birds such as ducklings, and small mammals like voles. After harvesting, grey herons can sometimes be seen in fields, looking for rodents.

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Date Taken
Monday, 4 May, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 8 May, 2015
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Manchester Bolton and Bury 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 789 081 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:34.1718N 2:19.1775W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 789 081
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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MBBC  Canal  Bird  Grey Heron  Ardea Cinerea 

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