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Grey heron

Ardea cinerea


Adult has dagger-like yellow bill and black crest feathers. Head, neck and underparts otherwise whitish except for black streaks on front of neck and breast. Back and wings are blue-grey. In flight, wings are broad and rounded with black flight feathers; filght pattern comprises slow, flapping wingbeats.


Widepsread and common on wetlands and sheltered coasts.


Spotted in the Rio Formosa Natural Park, with 2 others, fishing with no success. :)

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Great series Dangermouse,congrats,please consider adding this spotting to the new global mission

Dangermouse 8 years ago

It was fun to watch him fishing - they are incredibly shy birds here, don't usually manage to get so close. Not sure why there was a problem with the third photo - deleted it anyway. Thanks. :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Splash! But picture #3 isn't loading.

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Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Jul 22, 2012
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012


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