8th May 2015

The bodies and feathers of Herons can take on so many shapes and forms, depending on their behaviour, from hunched up when at rest, to extremely elongated, vertically and horizontally, as they search for and then reach for prey, or frighten off other creatures. They have special neck-vertebrae that allow their necks to be ‘folded’ up into a tight s-shape and rapidly extend in attack. They can also hunt after day due to special photoreceptor’s in their eyes. In a fairly fruitless attempt to cheer myself up today I am posting a few photo’s to illustrate some of these varied poses! The ‘fluffed up’ one was it’s attempt to appear bigger when attacked by a diminutive Moorhen. Conditions: Sunny intervals followed by long spells of heavy rain. Temperature: Max 12- Min 9c.

This Heron was trying to make itself more intimidating to an angry Moorhen, by fluffing its feathers out!

This Heron was trying to make itself more intimidating to an angry Moorhen, by fluffing its feathers out!

Or crouch down in a squat pose

They can crouch down in a squat pose

They can balance in a very elongated form while watching for fish

They can balance in a very elongated form while watching for fish and waiting, motionless, to strike

In this position they look almost Ostrich-like

In this position they look almost Ostrich-like

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