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Grey Heron

Observed: 11th April 2013 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Heron, good reflection, Amwell, 2013-04-11 001
Heron, scratching, Amwell, 2013-04-11 002
Heron, with nesting material, Amwell, 2013-04-11 004
Description:

The second picture shows the same bird scratching, which for some reason caused its crest to rise.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) interacts

Comments

Sara Garcia's picture

Heron crest

I've never seen their crest looking like that. Great capture!

Sara Garcia Hipolito

Simon Walker's picture

Thanks, Sara

I've added another picture, of a different bird this time, and in different circumstances; this time carrying nesting material into a tree.
I don't know why thy hold their crests up, and under what circumstances. Perhaps someone knows?

Regards

Simon

jhn7's picture

Aggression or defence?

I thought Gey Herons used their necks and plumes when under threat or in aggression but that doesn't seem likely in your second picture. Perhaps it signifies the bliss of an itch scratched!

Janet
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