GREY HERON

Trail (UK) - - BASE CAMP -

One of those birds that even the most or­nitho­log­i­cally-chal­lenged among us can iden­tify, the grey heron is large, with a long neck, long legs and wings that re­sem­ble a curv­ing let­ter ‘M’ in flight. Herons feed pri­mar­ily near wa­ter, so are of­ten seen high up in the val­leys and glens along­side burns and streams. Their prey is var­ied, and along­side fish also in­cludes frogs, newts, toads, ro­dents and worms. I even saw one catch and swal­low whole (after a few at­tempts) a young rab­bit! Their call is a harsh ‘kark’.

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