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Grey heron in flight

Grey heron in flight
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Copyright: Pascal DM (Platypus) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 39] (280)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-21 4:57
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Grey Heron / Héron cendré

Family Ardeidae. World 65 species

Main features:
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.

In flight:
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.

World distribution:
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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