Grey Heron :: Shared Description

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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by David Dixon
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21 images use this description:

SJ8390 : Grey Heron, Northenden Weir by David Dixon
NY3804 : Heron at Stock Ghyll by David Dixon
SJ8390 : Grey Heron at Northenden Weir by David Dixon
SD7808 : Heron in Flight by David Dixon
NY3306 : Heron at the Edge of Grasmere by David Dixon
NY3804 : Grey Heron Standing in Stock Ghyll by David Dixon
SJ8390 : Grey Heron, Northenden Weir by David Dixon
SJ8390 : Grey Heron at Northenden Weir by David Dixon
SD7407 : Heron at Moses Gate by David Dixon
SD7807 : Heron at Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal in Radcliffe by David Dixon
NY3804 : Grey Heron by David Dixon
SD7909 : Grey Heron at the side of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal by David Dixon
SD7807 : Heron Landing by David Dixon
SJ8390 : Grey Heron, Northenden Weir by David Dixon
SD7808 : Grey Heron; Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal by David Dixon
SD7808 : Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) by David Dixon
J3730 : A grey heron flying over the seashore below the Central Promenade at Newcastle by Eric Jones
SD7407 : Heron by David Dixon
SD7909 : Grey Heron by David Dixon
NG2149 : Dead heron / Corra-ghritheach mharbh by Tiger


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Created: Tue, 24 Nov 2015, Updated: Tue, 24 Nov 2015

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