|Copyright: Pascal DM (Platypus)
|Date Taken: 2005-12-11|
|Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 80-400mm VR|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-12-21 4:57|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Grey Heron / Héron cendré |
Family Ardeidae. World 65 species
Tall (90cm-1m, 1.5kgs). Grey plumage with long black head plume (crest); neck white with black stripes on the front; flight feathers black.
Genders look alike, females have shorter head plumes.
Non-breeding: bill yellow; legs yellowish-brown.
Breeding: bill more orange, legs more rose-pink
Juvenile: Mostly grey, no black markings or crest; legs dull and dark.
A very loud harsh croak (kra-ak); deep, guttural honks while in flight or at nest.
Distinct contrast between black flight feathers and grey wing coverts and back. Fly with their necks tucked in, so they look shorter. Wingbeat ponderous and slow.
Throughout the Old World. Not found in Australia. Resident in South China, Vietnam, Myanmar, peninsular Malaysia.
source : http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/birds/Ardea_cinerea.htm
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