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Heron, Grey

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:00 pm

Grey Heron (Ardea Cinerea)

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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

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Unread postby BushCall » Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:55 pm

Grey Herons are Great hunters
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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Fri May 09, 2008 6:12 pm

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon May 12, 2008 8:36 am

Grey Herons are associated with water where as their Black-Headed cousins are more closely associated with grasslands and open fields.

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Unread postby Elsa » Mon May 12, 2008 11:21 am

This pic was taken at Lake Panic in Feb.

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Unread postby Impisi08 » Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:10 pm

10 kilometers north of Satara (H1-4).

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Wild about cats » Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:20 pm

The first bird is a Grey Heron.

The Black Crowned Night Heron is a relatively smaller bird, and as the name suggests, nocturnal.
The Black crowned Night Heron has a black beak, and the Grey has a yellow. The Grey Heron also posssses the black patch on its shoulder, as seen in the photo. The Black Crowned Night Heron has a cap of solid black on its head, but in the photo we can see a bit of white on the very top of the head.
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Re: Heron, Grey

Unread postby gfordyce » Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:23 pm

Photographed this Grey Heron in my garden 12/09/2008 sitting in my Peach Tree blossoms.

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:12 am

I am confused with the herons. :doh:
Please help ID these....

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:43 am

1. Grey Heron, again the lighter bill and general coloration of the bird differentiates it from Black-Headed Heron. Grey Herons are also associated with water whilst the Black-Headed variety are more of a grassveld species.

2. Again, the association with water and the yellow (not black) bill points to Grey Heron.
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Unread postby JoelR » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:43 pm

I see nothing has yet been said about the diet of the Grey Heron! According to the Roberts Bird Guide they munch mainly fish, but also other waterstuff and little birdies. Small rodents are also mentioned.

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Re: Heron, Grey

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:31 pm

What a photo :big_eyes: Cute Rabbit! :twisted:
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Re: Heron, Grey

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:23 pm

:big_eyes:

It is rather a cute rabbit. And nice picture BTW
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Unread postby Richprins » Sat Nov 01, 2008 5:45 pm

Nice pics, everyone!

This individual "skiing" on Kanniedood dam 1 Oct.

If you look closely you can see it calmly fishing while it is busy! :shock:

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Re: Heron, Grey

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:01 pm

What an interesting Video RP, :clap: I've seen them before on the backs of hippos, staying on while the hippo moves around occasionally........... but never actually fishing in this way!!! :clap: Well Captured!!!
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