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The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is of the family Ardeidae and is in the genus Ardea. It is resident in the temperate regions of Eurasia as well as eastern and sub Saharan Africa. The more northern populations are migratory and move south for the winter. Wetlands are its main habitat and commonly occurs along estuaries, streams, rivers and lakes. Aquatic as well as terrestrial creatures are preyed upon. Prey items include amphibians, insects, reptiles, small mammals and birds which are swallowed whole.
This species nests in tall trees in colonies which are known as heronries. Upto five eggs are laid and are incubated for 25 days. Fledging takes place after 60 days.
Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) distribution map
Breeding Resident Winter Vagrant Introduced resident
SanoAK: Alexander Kürthy, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Friday, 21 December 2012
GREY HERON (Ardea cinerea) at Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co.Dublin, Ireland
Labels: Ardea cinerea, Birds of Europe, Birds of Fingal, Birds of Ireland, Broadmeadow Estuary, Co. Dublin, Fingal, Grey Heron, herons, Ireland, Irish Birds, Swords, waterbirds