Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

Size: Up to 100 cms high, wingspan up to 195 cms
Habitat: Close to water
Feeding: Fish, frogs, insects and reptiles

The Grey Heron is a large wading bird which is native to many countries in Europe and Asia as well as Africa.

It is mostly grey but with a white neck and crown. It has a powerful pinky/yellow beak which becomes more red during the breeding season, as do the legs.

The photo at the bottom was taken at a heronry in the Okavango Delta, Botswana where the chicks had recently hatched. It shows the bright coloured beak and legs.

Herons fly with their neck in an S shape and their legs outstretched.

The other photos were taken in the Selous National Park, Tanzania.








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