Pictures of heron, amazing birds that thrive throughout the world, whether it be rainforest or tropical islands, shoreline or river. Herons are amazing planetary survivors, distributed and thriving in an diverse array of environments.
Grey heron in flight against a powder blue sky
Heron in flight. Stunning close-up of a heron in flight showing its detailed markings and layers of interlaced feathers. Herons have a slow, graceful flight with their long necks retracting into an s-shape as they fly gracefully through the air with breathtaking ease, seeming almost to float effortlessly over the landscape and through the horizon.
Great egret in flight over a rainforest river
Great Egret in flight, its striking white plumage contrasting with the deep greens of the rainforest backdrop. An egret in flight forms a perfect horizontal spearhead as it gracefully glides low amongst the trees. Great egrets can be recognised by the way they retract their neck in flight, easily distinguished from storks and cranes.
Grey heron frozen in concentration by the seashore. Grey herons stand perfectly still by the waters edge for long lengths of time, searching for fish. They have an uncanny ability to freeze, all concentration focused on their quarry. They feed mostly on fish however will also feed on amphibians, crustaceans, small rodens or even plants.
Cattle egret striding along a desert trail
Cattle Egret striding along along a trail through the Egyptian desert. Unlike most other herons, cattle egrets feed in relatively dry grassy habitats though they usually near bodies of water with other wading birds. Their widerange of habitat means that cattle egrets are found in tropics, sub-tropics and warm-temperate zones.
Grey heron drying its wings in the sunshine
Grey heron basking in the sunshine, whilst stood amidst the cooling aquamarine waters of a lagoon. Grey heron holding its wings outspread in a gentle breeze, basking in the warmth of the tropical sun whilst its wings dry. Herons appear to be sunbathing when they assume this posture, however it is often used to cool down as well as for the drying of wings.
Black-crowned night heron with a catfish
Black-crowned Night Heron having successfully caught a catfish from a river. It is very unusual for Black-crowned night herons to fish during the day. They are opportunistic feeders, catching anything that appears, normally hunting at night. They have exceptional eyesight suited to low light levels, allowing them to hunt and fish throughout the dimly lit night-time hours.
Grey heron spearing a fish
Grey heron catching fish on a maldives island seashore, wings gracefully arching as it spears with perfect precision. Grey herons feed on a wide variety of foods including fish, crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic insects. A bird perfering wetland areas, they can be found in estuaries, lagoons, lakes, rivers, marshes, along the coast and fishing in garden ponds for any available fish.
Tiger heron feeding on a snake
Bare-throated Tiger Heron capturing a snake whilst feeding in grassy wetlands. Bare-throated Tiger Herons generally live in tropical swamps and mangroves. They are solitary birds and generally hunt alone, often nesting in solitary trees overlooking wetlands. They forage among long grasses or near water, taking flight and perching in trees when disturbed.