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The gray heron is probably one of the most tame birds of Holland. At many places they will approach people and beg for food. This one was collecting branches. I presume that it was for nesting.
Hi Jeannette, sometimes a good tele lens can solve that problem for you ;) but I know what you mean. a specialy with gulls. One day at a animal park some of them where so brutal that they try to steal my youngest his French fries. Unfortunately for them he is not that scared.
I suffer from ornithophobia I would be so scared if a grey heron came close to me. In Sweden I once saw a gull attacking a girl because she had an icecream it was really unpleasent. The girl screamed and ran into a house and didn't dare to get out for a long time... I am trying to overcome my fear and behind a camera I get closer to birds because I want a good shot.
Thank you Sayten. @ Jaennette: You have to watch out for their beak but I never heard of any accidents.
Thank you Yuko & Jeannette! @Jeannette: They are so tame that sometimes they will sit right next to you on a bench, as long as you are eating something ;)
I didn't know they could get tame before I took these photos http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/102... :)
Thank you Kit Kat and Gerardo!
Wonderful series :)
Lat: 52.14, Long: 4.65
Spotted on Nov 25, 2012 Submitted on Nov 25, 2012
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