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This blog will contain pictures and information from my everyday encounters with nature in London and the surrounding areas. I will log details of the origin of each photograph thus recording what there is to be seen and where it was seen. I very much welcome anyone else who can upload photos and information about nature in London and the home counties. I work freelance in the film industry so have plenty of days off. I hope to update Monday to Friday and once on the weekend posting at around 19.30, I don't post on bank holidays

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Grey Heron- Brockwell Park

The grey heron is the most common large British bird. They stand around one meter tall and have a wingspan approaching  double that. Herons are wading birds and they may stand still for hours at a time waiting for prey (usually fish and amphibians, occasionally small mammals and birds) to come close enough to strike. They may also actively hunt prey. They’re easy to spot in flight as they move quite slowly and keep their necks bent in a contorted s shape. They usually nest in large colonies called heronries, which are established in tall trees and made out of twigs.

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