Grey Heron

The Grey Heron: Photographed at Bhigwan. Bhigwan is a small dusty town on the border of Pune and Solapur district in Central Maharashtra, India. South of Bhigwan town, exists a widespread backwater formed due to a man made dam built on the Bhima river. The dam is called as Ujni dam. There are two areas where one can see the migratory water birds. 1) Diksal-Parewadi area and 2) Dalaj – Kumbharwadi area. From here, one can hire a small fishing boat to locate exotic species
such as flamingo etc. The grey heron, is a wading bird of the heron family. Found throughout Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is a large bird, standing up to 100 cm (39 in) tall and measuring 84–102 cm (33–40 in) long with a 155–195 cm (61–77 in) wingspan. The body weight can range from 1.02–2.08 kg. Its plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. Adults have a white head with a broad black supercilium and slender crest, while immatures have a dull grey head. It has a powerful, pinkish-yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The call is a loud croaking. Gray Heron breeds in colonies in trees close to lakes, the seashore or other wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.

 

Photograph ID: _MG_4892 Grey Heron

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