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Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea


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.

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FoTony 6 years ago

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.

Jeannette 6 years ago

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.

FoTony 6 years ago

Thank you Sayten. @ Jaennette: You have to watch out for their beak but I never heard of any accidents.

Jeannette 6 years ago

Scary :/

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago


FoTony 6 years ago

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 ;)

YukoChartraw 6 years ago

Gorgeous bird!

Jeannette 6 years ago

I didn't know they could get tame before I took these photos :)

FoTony 6 years ago

Thank you Kit Kat and Gerardo!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Wonderful series :)

Kit kat
Kit kat 6 years ago


Alphen aan den Rijn, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Lat: 52.14, Long: 4.65

Spotted on Nov 25, 2012
Submitted on Nov 25, 2012

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