Grey Heron-Wading Bird Short description,HD Wallpaper and Background Pictures

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Grey heron Short Description-

The grey heron (Ardea cinerea) is a long-legged predatory wading bird of the heron family, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. A bird of wetland areas, it can be seen around lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes and on the sea coast. It feeds mostly on aquatic creatures which it catches after standing stationary beside or in the water or stalking its prey through the shallows.

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Introduction

Standing up to a metre tall, adults weigh from 1 to 2 kg .They have a white head and neck with a broad black stripe that extends from the eye to the black crest. The body and wings are grey above and the underparts are greyish-white, with some black on the flanks. The long, sharply pointed beak is pinkish-yellow and the legs are brown.

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Behaviour

The birds breed colonially in spring in “heronries”, usually building their nests high in trees. A clutch of usually three to five bluish-green eggs is laid. Both birds incubate the eggs for a period of about 25 days, and then both feed the chicks, which fledge when seven or eight weeks old. Many juveniles do not survive their first winter, but if they do, they can expect to live for about five years.

The main call is a loud croaking “fraaank”, but a variety of guttural and raucous noises are heard at the breeding colony. The male uses an advertisement call to encourage a female to join him at the nest, and both sexes use various greeting calls after a pair bond has been established. 

The grey heron has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes, and spoonbills, which extend their necks.

Grey Heron Walking on Grass Bird National Park
Grey Heron Walking on Grass Bird National Park

Breeding

This species breeds in colonies known as heronries, usually in high trees close to lakes, the seashore or other wetlands. Other sites are sometimes chosen, and these include low trees and bushes, bramble patches, reed beds, heather clumps and cliff ledges. The same nest is used year after year until blown down; it starts as a small platform of sticks but expands into a bulky nest as more material is added in subsequent years. It may be lined with smaller twigs, strands of root or dead grasses, and in reed beds, it is built from dead reeds. The male usually collects the material while the female constructs the nest. Breeding activities take place between February and June. When a bird arrives at the nest, a greeting ceremony occurs in which each partner raises and lowers its wings and plumes.

Grey heron in A pond Gangapur City Heaven place for Birds
Grey heron in A pond Gangapur City Heaven place for Birds

Courtship Behaviour

The male calling from the chosen nesting site. On the arrival of the female, both birds participate in a stretching ceremony, in which each bird extends its neck vertically before bringing it backwards and downwards with the bill remaining vertical, simultaneously flexing its legs, before returning to its normal stance. The snapping ceremony is another behaviour where the neck is extended forward, the head is lowered to the level of the feet and the mandibles are vigorously snapped together. This may be repeated twenty to forty times. When the pairing is settled, the birds may caress each other by attending to the other bird’s plumage. The male may then offer the female a stick which she incorporates into the nest. At this, the male becomes excited, further preening the female and copulation takes place.

Grey herons have the ability to live in cities where habitats and nesting space are available. 

Grey Heron Ghana Bird sanctuary National Park Bharatpur
Grey Heron Ghana Bird sanctuary National Park Bharatpur

Source of Information-

Wikipedia

Gear Used- Canon DSLR

Canon EOS 5D Mark |||  And Canon 7D  and

Lens-Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM

Flash-Not used

Location- Outskirt Region –Gangapur City

Ghana Bird sanctuary Bharatpur

Ranthambhore national Park Sawai Madhopur

Photographer- Dr Mukesh Garg

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 Shot Date-21-09-2015

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Painted Stork-Birds Images,Short Description,Cover Photos and Wallpaper

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The painted stork  is a large wading bird in the stork family. It is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into Southeast Asia.

It is a large colorful waterbird with striking wings pattern.The adult painted stork displays primarily white plumage, with a bright pink tinge towards the tail and a black band of feathers across the chest.

Their distinctive pink tertial feathers of the adults give them their name.

Scientific name: Mycteria leucocephala

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Painted stork-Ghana Bird sanctuary

Features-

Painted stork has a heavy yellow beak with a down-curved tip that gives it a resemblance to an ibis. The head of the adult is bare and orange or reddish in color. The long tertials are tipped in bright pink and at rest, they extend over the back and rump. There is a distinctive black breast band with white scaly markings. The band continues into the underwing coverts and the white tips of the black coverts give it the appearance of white stripes running across the underwing lining.
The rest of the body is whitish in adults and the primaries and secondaries are black with a greenish gloss. The legs are yellowish to red but often appear white due to their habit of urohidrosis or defecating on their legs especially when at rest. The short tail is black with a green gloss.For a stork, it is medium-sized, standing about 93–102 cm (36.5–40 in) tall, 150–160 cm (59–63 in) in wingspan and weighing 2–3.5 kg (4.4–7.7 lb). Males and females appear alike but the males of a pair are usually larger than the female.
The downy young are mainly whitish with gray bills and blackish facial skin. The juveniles assume a brownish plumage and like most other storks reach breeding condition after two to three years.

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Painted stork in breeding plumage

Breeding and Behaviour

Painted stork  forage in flocks in shallow waters along rivers or lakes. They immerse their half open beaks in water and sweep them from side to side and snap up their prey of small fish that are sensed by touch. As they wade along they also stir the water with their feet to flush hiding fish.

They nest colonially in trees, often along with other waterbirds. The only sounds they produce are weak moans or bill-clattering at the nest. They are not migratory and only make short distance movements in some parts of their range in response to changes in weather or food availability or for breeding. Like other storks, they are often seen soaring on thermals.

Like all storks, they fly with their neck outstretched. They often make use of the late morning thermals to soar in search of foraging areas. Like other storks, they are mostly silent but clatter their bills at a nest and may make some harsh croaking or low moaning sounds at the nest.

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Photographer-Dr. Mukesh Garg (bird nature and wildlife photographer)

The photographs of painted stork were taken mostly at Ghana Bird sanctuary-A heaven place for birds.

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River Tern-Indian Birds Images Description Shot Detail & Free Wallpaper

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The Indian river tern or just river tern (Sterna aurantia) is a bird in the tern family.

It is a resident breeder along Indian Subcontinent river.It is different from other tern species as it is exclusively found in fresh water sources.

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River Tern With Catch 

The Indian River Tern’s nesting season is chiefly from March to May. The eggs are laid on the bare ground on sandbanks of large rivers in colonies. 

It is a slender, graceful, gray and white tern with long, deeply forked ‘shallow’ tail. This is a medium-sized tern, 38–43 cm long with dark gray upperparts, white underparts, a forked tail with long flexible streamers, and long pointed wings. The bill is yellow and the legs red. It has a black cap in breeding plumage. In the winter the cap is grayish white, flecked and streaked with black, there is a dark mask through the eye, and the tip of the bill becomes dusky.

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The sexes are similar but juveniles have a brown head, brown-marked gray upperparts, gray breast sides and white underparts. The bill is yellowish with a dark tip

It lives on small lakes rivers and, flying up and down. It flies a few feet above the water with deliberate beats of the long, slender, pointed wings intently scanning the surface for fish venturing within striking depth. From time to time, it plunges in with closed wings, often becoming completely submerged but soon reappearing with the quarry held across the bill. As it resumes its flight, the victim is jerked up in the air and swallowed head foremost. In addition to fish, crustaceans, tadpoles and water insects are also eaten by the bird. 

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Gangapur City-A Heaven Place For Birds & My Favorite Photography Field

Gangapur City-A Heaven Place for Birds & My favorite Unlimited Focus field 
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Happy seeing the nature’s beauty in and around my town.

Almost three years for my passion for photography..specially shooting the bird nature wildlife and I don’t know when I switched my full interest for capturing birds in action and birds in flight.Especially in monsoon season when there are many water sources filled with rainy water. I can spot many wader bird species visit our region.

As my profession restricts me going for shooting to the distant places. I started shooting the nature in and around my town. I was not sure to see the wonder hidden right around me.

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