Fighting for a stolen fish

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Small 12.0" x 8.0"
Medium 17.9" x 12.0"
Large 23.9" x 16.0"
X large 29.9" x 20.0"


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Artist's Description

Grey Herons , an adult and a juvenile, fighting for a stolen fish on the roof of the penguin’s rock shelters.
Photo of ‘free living =in-the-wild’ animals made in Artis Amsterdam Zoo (see description).
Copyright © 2012 Steppeland – All rights reserved

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Although Zoo keepers in Artis Amsterdam Zoo are hand feeding the resident birds, they cannot always avoid that the free living Grey Herons that have settled a colony in the zoo steel some fish from the penguins at every feeding time.

“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.

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.

Conservation Status
The grey Heron is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened species – Status: Least Concern (But that definitely doesn’t apply for the Dutch population ;) :lol: ) " (Source: Wikipedia )

Technical Details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/250 sec, f. 4,5 mm , focal length 200 mm , ISO 400
Date: Feb. 11, 2012

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in Images of endearment (Feb.20, 2012)
Featured in Pentax (May 4, 2012)

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