ST1880 : Grey Heron in spread-wing posture, Roath Park Lake, Cardiff

taken 6 years ago, near to Heath, Cardiff/Caerdydd, Great Britain

Grey Heron in spread-wing posture, Roath Park Lake, Cardiff
Grey Heron in spread-wing posture, Roath Park Lake, Cardiff
On an island at the northern end of the lake.
There seems to be some uncertainty as to the reason for this posture with spread wings, a stretched neck, beak open and puffed up belly feathers.
Suggestions being for the drying of feathers, thermoregulation or to make parasites more active in order to make preening easier.
This was a hot sunny day with a late morning temperature of 25 degrees centigrade.
A couple of seconds after this picture the heron had folded its wings and returned to its usual posture Link .
A short distance from this bird, another was seen hunting for prey Link .
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 17 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 20 July, 2013
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens 
Place (from Tags)
Cardiff  Roath Park 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 1859 8001 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.7876N 3:10.4732W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 1862 8000
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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