Grey Heron sunbathing

“On a scorching afternoon in July 2016, one would imagine that any bird in its right frame of mind would seek cool relief amongst the shade of trees. However, before my squinting eyes were a handful of Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea) sunning themselves along the sizzling, sandy beach (above, below).

Grey Heron sunbathing

“Their behaviour reminded me of beach-loving Europeans in summer, as they systematically sun their anterior and posterior in order to get an even tan.

“A video clip of these slender-necked beauties welcoming the warmth with parted wings may be previewed here:”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
29th August 2016

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