Grey Heron (Ardea cinera)

Appearance
Grey Herons are very large, 38" (100cm) birds that are pale grey on top and white-ish grey underneath. A white head with broad black streaks behind the eyes, ending in a V-shape of feathers at the back. The front of its neck is white, streaked with black. The 'shoulders' have large black patches. Eyes, bill, legs and feet are all yellow, changing to orange during the breeding season. The Grey Heron's wingspan is up to 72" (183cm).
Similar to the Black-headed Heron, but the Grey Heron has dark streaks on its white throat and the top of its head is white.

Habits
Grey Herons are normally solitary birds and are "cathemeral" (they actively feed during both day and night).

Diet
Grey Herons eat fish, eels, frogs, as well as small terrestrial insects, animals and birds.

Resident
Grey Herons are found around Kenya's Lake Turkana and in the south half of the country. Seen mostly around soda, fresh and coastal waters, as well as marshlands.

Extra Grey Heron Facts
Grey Herons, like all other Herons, fly with their necks kinked.
Grey Herons have a 'powder puff' on their breasts and rumps, which continuously grow and shred. They use the powder when preening, dressing and cleaning all its other feathers.
The Grey Heron's call sounds like a woman with a speech impediment, calling her husband - "Fronk"

Photographs
Photographed at Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy and Nairobi National Park.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:bird, grey heron, heron, kenya, wildlife

Grey Heron ~ Stalking

Grey Heron stalking a fish beside the bank of a stream in Kenya.

Grey Heron ~ Beside River

Grey Heron beside a winding river in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.

Grey Heron ~ Catching Fish

Grey Heron with fish in bill, beside stream in Kenya.

Grey Heron ~ With Fish Mid-Air

Grey Heron, having caught a fish, was throwing it into the air, to catch it in its gullet.

Grey Heron ~ Late Afternoon

A Grey Heron standing in a shaft of late afternoon sunlight, leaving the background dark.