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Anlie and I had an early morning visit to the ponds of Eco Park. We found this Squacco Heron standing still like a pillar in the shallow end of the pond. We stopped and watched him for a while, hoping he would actually catch something. all he did was stared.
According to Wikipedia:
The Squacco Heron is a small heron, 40-49 cm long with 82-95 cm wingspan. It is of Old World origins, breeding in southern Europe and the Middle East. It is a migrant, wintering in Africa. It is rare north of its breeding range.
Their breeding habitat is marshy wetlands in warm countries. They nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. 3-4 eggs are laid.
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your animal pictures are getting better and better, you could get the impression, that you're hardly at home but out with the animals all day long...
How much time to you spend for a picture like this?
very impressive shot
beautiful shot of the "staring heron" ; ))! beautiful blue beak and i just love the look of that "elegant" long feather in his neck! they do seem to stare a lot! i've seen some of our own native gray herons stand for hours – even on freezing days! – between giant rocks on a small "peninsula" reaching into the river… greetings, sabine.