GREY HERON

Ardea cinerea

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Overview: The Grey Heron is a tall bird with a long neck and legs, and a heavy dagger-like bill. The upperparts are grey, but the head, neck and belly are white.
In flight, the outer half of the wings are black and the wing beat is very slow with the neck retracted into its shoulders and the legs are extended. In or near water, they are often standing motionless with their head in their shoulders or feeding alone.
 

Nesting:
They nest in tall trees and usually with other herons to form a colony or heronry. The nest is a large platform, made from twigs and grass, and built by both male and female birds.

Where to see them: Herons will be found anywhere along the shore line, also in fields where there are drainage ditches. There is quite often one sitting on the point at the front right of reception (map F9).

When to see them: All year round.

What they eat: Grey Herons eat mainly fish, amphibians and small mammals, and occasionally birds. They are solitary feeders and very patient, and will standstill for long periods stalking their prey.

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Length:           90-98 cm 

Wing Span: 175-195 cm 

Weight:             1.5-2 kg 

Present:             All Year

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