Grey Heron: Same species, two countries

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Grey Heron | Héron cendré | Ardea cinerea: These photos were made in two different countries. I found the heron above next to St. James Park Lake in London (U.K.), while the one below was taken in Germany’s Weltvogelpark Walsrode (Lower Saxony) at the Tierpark Berlin (in Germany).

Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. Not baited, called in or set up.

  • Top (taken August 15, 2015): ISO 400 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/1600
  • Bottom (taken August 18, 2015; immature or first year adult): ISO 800 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/500 (cropped for composition)

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6 thoughts on “Grey Heron: Same species, two countries

  1. Yes, as we traveled the world we saw birds of the same species in different countries. Of course, we had to check to be sure as that’s not always the case. Robins in the US, England and NZ are all different birds but share the same name.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Diane! I was not entirely certain what to make of the second bird. Looking at it more closely, I believe you are right that this is still technically an immature bird, since the black neck and breast spots are so pronounced and the feathers extending from the crown are completely absent. However, I suspect that this individual is transitioning into adulthood: Its black shoulder patch is already present and the black streak behind the eye has already begun forming (in a juvenile, the shoulder patch is entirely absent and the streak behind the eye is pale grey and often hard to see). In any event, I will update my blog accordingly.

      1. Well thanks for all that, Pierre! You mentioned several additional indicators I was unaware of. 🙂

        Enjoying your European series! I’ve been watching some of these spp on web-cams, lately–“virtual birding,” I call it.

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