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Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

Description:

The grey plumage and stature of Grey Herons make them unmistakable. It is a very familiar species being widely distributed and a year-round resident in Ireland. Single birds are often flushed when posed motionlessly at the edge of water bodies, coiled ready to strike out at unsuspecting prey with its formidable spear-like bill.

Habitat:

It feeds along the edge of a wide range of wetland habitats from coastal waters and estuaries to loughs, streams and marshy ground. They are usually encountered as solitary birds and sometimes as a pairs, although if observing breeding colonies - heronries - numbers can be in the 50s.


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LisaGrant
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LisaGrant

Wexford, Ireland

Lat: 52.38, Long: -6.39

Spotted on Oct 8, 2011
Submitted on Oct 9, 2011

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