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This image was taken one hot late afternoon while on a boat ride, cruising the river Strymonas Delta, in the north-east side of Lake Kerkini, Greece
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 has become common in summer even inside the Arctic circle along the Norwegian coast. It is a large bird, standing up to 100 cm (39 in) tall and measuring 84–102 cm (33–40 in) long with a 155–195 cm (61–77 in) wingspan. The body weight can range from 1.02–2.08 kg (2.2–4.6 lb). It feeds in shallow water, catching fish, frogs, and insects with its long bill. Herons will also take small mammals and reptiles. They occasionally take birds up to the size of a Water Rail. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 400
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