I took this picture at Paignton Zoo, Devon. UK.
It wasn’t an exhibit, but just making use of the facilities.
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 has become common in summer even inside the Arctic circle along the Norwegian coast.
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. The call is a loud croaking “fraaank”. The Australian White-faced Heron is often incorrectly called Grey Heron. In Ireland the grey heron is often colloquially called " crane
It feeds in shallow water, catching fish, frogs, and insects with its long bill. Herons will also take small mammals, reptiles and occasionally warbler nestlings, plovers, young and adult snipes, takes ducklings and tern chicks and other small birds. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.
In the Netherlands, the Grey Heron has become a very common species in recent decades by moving into urban environments in great numbers. There, the herons hunt as they usually would but also make use of food discarded by humans, will visit feeding times in zoos to birds such as penguins and pelicans and some individuals even make use of people feeding them at their homes. Similar behaviour on a smaller scale has been reported in Ireland
This species breeds in colonies in trees close to lakes, the seashore or other wetlands, although it will also nest in reedbeds. It builds a bulky stick nest.
Ref:- Wikipedia.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    A stunning capture and wonderful processing Catherine.

  • Thank you so very much dear Don for your kind comment.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    I’m often surprised at the numbers of Herons here in London.

  • I think a surprising amount of wildlife are finding their way to Towns and Cities Don.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

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    Catherine Hami...over 3 years ago

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Steve.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsover 3 years ago

    He’s just beautiful…love what you’ve done with him!!

  • Glad you like it dear Lynda.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Twisted01
    Twisted01over 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Catherine. Beautiful ;)

  • thank you very much dear Jay. Hows Warren now?x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago


  • Many thanks Colin, for your kind comment.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyover 3 years ago

    stunning capture Catherine.×.

  • Many thanks to you Trevor for your kindness.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueover 3 years ago

    A very elegant heron in a shaggy sort of way. You have certainly captured him beautifully Catherine. Well done.

  • I know what you mean Elaine.LOL Thank you so much.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Twisted01
    Twisted01over 3 years ago

    Much better, thank you for asking sweetie xx
    Took a couple of days to get the colour back in his face, but much better. Had the whole week off to recooperate. Back on Monday

  • I’m so pleased Jay, It was worrying for you.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

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