SD7909 : Grey Heron at the side of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal

taken 2 years ago, near to Fishpool, Bury, Great Britain

Grey Heron at the side of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal
Grey Heron at the side of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal
Grey Heron standing on the towpath near Elton Reservoir.
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
Thursday, 20 April, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 25 April, 2017
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Canals 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
Canal (from Tags)
Manchester Bolton and Bury 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 793 095 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:34.9170N 2:18.8116W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 793 094
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Ardea Cinerea  Bird  Grey Heron  Canal  MBBC  Towpath  Trees 

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