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Ardea cinerea

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 April 2013 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Ardea cinerea (NL: Blauwe reiger / EN: Grey Heron / DE: Graureiher / FR: Héron cendré) 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 has become common in summer even inside the Arctic circle along the Norwegian coast. It is a large bird, standing up to 100 cm tall and measuring 84–102 cm long with a 155–195 cm wingspan. The body weight can range from 1.02–2.08 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. The call is a loud croaking "fraaank".

Image: Wijnegem (BE) - 18/03/2013

Canon EOS 7D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Nice coincidence with our photos ;-)
Fantastic portrait of this heron in its environment. Pretty colors.

2 Apr 2013 10:42am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Very nice capture.

3 Apr 2013 4:28am

Canon EOS 7D
1/125 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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