Grey Heron’s hunting pose

The image below of a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) photographed by Bhupendra Makwana shows it’s unique hunting pose that can be interpreted as follows:

HeronGr [Bhupendra Makwana]

The heron is standing upright allowing it to have a clear view of any approaching prey in the water. The raised wings may well be shading the sun’s glare on the water surface to provide better visibility. The right foot, gently stirring the water, can be interpreted as encouraging any hiding prey to dart out from the hiding place in the shallow water.

Once the prey approaches near enough, a quick swing of the long neck downwards will have the sharp bill spearing its meal.

A single image needs a little imagination to interpret the situation. A series of images will reveal more of the heron’s action. A video recording on the other hand will show much, much more of what will happens.

Bhupendra Makwana
25th December 2017

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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