Gray Heron - Birds

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Gray Heron

Ardea cinerea

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: 1-2kg (2-4.5lb)
Wingspan: 1.75-1.95m (5ft 6in -6ft 6in)
Body lenght: 0.9-1m ( 3ft - 3ft 4in)
Wild population: 800 000 - 3 700 000
Lifespan: 20 years
Gestation: 3-5 eggs, inclubation in 21-26 days
Voice: a harsh "quaarnk" like sound when disturbed
Identification The back and wings are grey, the neck and underparts are white, a white head with a wispy crest of long black feathers, the yellow bill is long and pointed.
Range: Sub-Saharan Africa except Congo basin and most of Namibia, throughout temperate Europe and Asia
Habitat: riversides, lakes, marshes, lagoons and beaches

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They feed on fish, amphibians, molluscs, insects and even small rodents and birds. Grey herons wade through shallow water searching for prey such as small fish and amphibians. When they have found a suitable location, they will stand motionless waiting for the right moment to stab the prey with its beak. Herons fly with the head drawn back and feet trailing behind. The wing beats are slow and the curved wings form an m-shape.

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camera:NIKON D300
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:600 mm
exposure time:1/200 s
stativ:rýžový stativ / beanbag
location:South Luangwa, Zambia