Roy Lowry

Roy Lowry

Posted on 10/11/2015


Photo taken on September  5, 2015



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Keywords

grey heron
Ardea cinerea
Egretta garzetta
Limosa limosa
little egret
black-tailed godwit
Conwy RSPB Reserve
Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x
Canon EOS-1D X


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Posing Grey Heron

Posing Grey Heron
I've seen grey herons holding their wings like this a few times, but I've no idea of the purpose behind the behaviour. This one was photographed with a group of little egrets at the Conwy RSPB reserve. The birds in the foreground are black-tailed godwit.

~~~, Mackedwars, Kenny, funtor and 7 other people have particularly liked this photo


16 comments - The latest ones
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Fantastic capture.
2 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Don Sutherland
Many thanks Don.
2 years ago.
Gerard Perin
Gerard Perin
belle réunion ,, belle pose le héron
2 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Gerard Perin
Merci beaucoup Gerard.
2 years ago.
StoneRoad2013
StoneRoad2013
Pose is usually to dry wings and body after a fishing expedition or a bathing/preening session. Shags and cormorants do something similar.
2 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to StoneRoad2013
Many thanks.
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Wonderful capture Roy.
Yes, I agree with StoneRoad as I have seen them doing it a lot in Japan.
2 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Stormlizard
Many thanks John. Different pose to the cormorants who hold their wings out to absorb heat to aid digestion, but drying for herons seems a reasonable explanation to me.
2 years ago.
funtor
funtor
Wow, so great captured Roy!
2 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to funtor
Many thanks.
2 years ago.
Mackedwars
Mackedwars
Muy guapas las garzas, dan muy bien ante la cámara de Roy. Mis felicitaciones. Eduardo.
2 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Mackedwars
Thanks again Eduardo.
2 years ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
A peculiar pose Roy, perhaps It is imposing his pecking order over the Egrets !!
I see two Godwits there.

Excellent image, thank you very much for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Jeff Farley
Many thanks Jeff. The godwits were part of a large flock at the water's edge.
19 months ago.
Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann
Excellent image, thank you very much for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather
19 months ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Rainer Blankermann
Thanks again Rainer.
19 months ago.