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Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

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Water, the restaurant, Grey Heron, the guest...

Sometimes the Grey Heron comes into my garden, stealthy like a thief in the night. It's usually in the early morning hours when the occupants of the house are still sound asleep. The bird may be a big one (almost an entire meter!), it moves so cautiously, that it's not noted by the wildlife in my pond. And it's that wildlife it's after: my fish, frogs and salamanders! A good remedy though is to surround your pond with a thin line of fishing-line. The bird cannot see it and so it's very scared when it suddenly feels it!

...the frog, the menu

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This bird belongs to the family of Herons (Ardeidae). It has been an infrequent visitor to our garden. Because of the sneaky way it enters the garden, it possibly is a frequent visitor actually. The bird is a resident in Holland. The bird is 37" and weighs 950 grams. It lives in meadows, rivers, lakes and marshes mostly. It eats fish, frogs, moles and insects. The sexes do not differ from one another. The birds make their nest in trees, usually in a colony. The same trees are used for years on end. The dung of the Herons cause many trees to die. In the nest three or four, seldom five, eggs are laid. The birds breed them for no less than 1 month. After hatching the chicks have to be looked after for some 53 days.

Constructing heron's nest...

[** Contrary to the vast majority of photos on this website, both photos of the Grey Heron here were not taken in my garden. This bird has been a very frequent visitor in my garden but unfortunately I was not fast enough to capture a photo of it. I took the photos in the heart of the oldest part Amsterdam while this bird was irresistibly posing for me standing on the edge of a houseboat and even making attempts to build a nest.]

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Name of this bird in various other languages
Dutch German French Polish Scientific
Blauwe reiger Graureiher Héron cendré Czapla siwa Ardea cinerea


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