Iberianature Forum

Grey Heron

  • 13 Replies
  • 6610 Views

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Dave

  • *
  • Full Shroomy
  • ******
  • Posts: 1302
  • León
« on: April 11, 2007, 20:30 PM »
Dear All
A great find today, I have just found a heronry, literally half a mile down the road from my flat, at the moment there appear to be around 6 nests, I am really excited by this as I well remember the heronry near Coventry (passing reference only), which had there own viewing area, now I have my own private one, I will keep you posted
Grey Heron (Esp: Garza Real) (Lat:Ardea cinerea). Actually i was looking for a new car, but this was much more exciting.
Regards
Dave

Offline Technopat

  • *
  • Full Shroomy
  • ******
  • Posts: 3020
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2007, 23:18 PM »
Greetings Dave,
Also saw a solitary heron on my trip, but can't for life of me remember if it was up in your n. of the w. Will ask Mrs. Technopat when she gets in. Bound to remember.
Regs.
Technopat

Ps.
Looking fwd to hearin' 'bout yer 'erons'
« Last Edit: April 11, 2007, 23:21 PM by Technopat »
Technopat's disclaimer: If this posting seems over the top and/or gets your goat (Sp. anyone?), please accept my apologies and don't take it personally - it's just my instinctive tendency to put my foot in it whenever/wherever possible. See also:
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php/topic,266

Offline lucy

  • *
  • Full Shroomy
  • ******
  • Posts: 1242
    • Lucy's Blog
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2007, 19:55 PM »
I just watched a programme TV3 showed this week about grey herons, which I videoed, and in Barcelona zoo there's a heronry with apparently 106 nests.  That means more than 200 herons!  I'm not wild about zoos but a visit must be worth it just to see them.  They showed the fledglings, ugly spiky things but very cute.  There was a scene in the penguin enclosure, with seagulls, a heron and some kind of ibis fighting over the fish, playing tug of war.  The zoo fish bill must be enormous.

Offline nick

  • *
  • Administrator
  • Full Shroomy
  • *****
  • Posts: 1948
    • Iberianature
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2007, 20:31 PM »
Damn, forgot it was on!.

I was invited to the filming last year. Fascinating morning. I'll dig out some pictures. Thsi is the biggest urban heronry in Europe.

More here

http://www.iberianature.com/material/barcelona_birds.html
Nick
http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/
Spanish Civil War Tours in Barcelona
http://www.iberianature.com/
A guide to the environment, climate, wildlife, & nature of Spain
The Amazon/Forum Bookshop - lend us a hand
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/shop/index.htm
And also now The Natural History of Britain
http://iberianature.com/brita

Offline lucy

  • *
  • Full Shroomy
  • ******
  • Posts: 1242
    • Lucy's Blog
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2007, 21:04 PM »
That must have been fun.  Did you get to flounder around in the Delta in giant green boots?

Offline nick

  • *
  • Administrator
  • Full Shroomy
  • *****
  • Posts: 1948
    • Iberianature
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2007, 21:28 PM »
No, just the bit in the zoo
Nick
http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/
Spanish Civil War Tours in Barcelona
http://www.iberianature.com/
A guide to the environment, climate, wildlife, & nature of Spain
The Amazon/Forum Bookshop - lend us a hand
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/shop/index.htm
And also now The Natural History of Britain
http://iberianature.com/brita

Offline lucy

  • *
  • Full Shroomy
  • ******
  • Posts: 1242
    • Lucy's Blog
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2007, 21:14 PM »
Since watching the programme, I can’t stop seeing herons – 9 this evening, 7 of whom were flying straight towards the zoo in V-formation.  They’ve always struck me as rather heavy fliers, but this bunch looked very organised and powerful.  Then a bit later 2 flew overhead in the opposite direction - maybe going for a spot of late night fishing in the Delta.

Offline nick

  • *
  • Administrator
  • Full Shroomy
  • *****
  • Posts: 1948
    • Iberianature
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2007, 13:30 PM »
Finally found the photos from the filming. Not as exciting as I remember, but it was certainly an interesting morning out.


« Last Edit: June 10, 2007, 19:16 PM by nick »
Nick
http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/
Spanish Civil War Tours in Barcelona
http://www.iberianature.com/
A guide to the environment, climate, wildlife, & nature of Spain
The Amazon/Forum Bookshop - lend us a hand
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/shop/index.htm
And also now The Natural History of Britain
http://iberianature.com/brita

Offline lisa

  • *
  • Full Shroomy
  • ******
  • Posts: 2439
    • Accommodation and Activities in the Picos de Europa
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2007, 14:30 PM »
Those beaks look exciting enough to me  :o
www.picos-accommodation.co.uk
Accommodation, ski touring, snowshoeing, walking and info on the flora and fauna of the Picos de Europa.
SAVE SPANISH BEARS!
And now,
The Picos de Europa
Your complete English guide to these beautiful mountains of Northern Spain.

Offline lucy

  • *
  • Full Shroomy
  • ******
  • Posts: 1242
    • Lucy's Blog
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2008, 13:59 PM »
The Barcelona Grey heron colony is gearing up for another season’s breeding in the zoo’s beautiful plane trees.  Herons are coming and going with twigs and some already seem to be incubating.  One nest is particularly big because it’s shared with parakeets. I wouldn’t fancy living in the basement of a heron’s nest – hope the ceiling is in good shape. The daily focus for some herons is penguin and pelican feeding time, when they hope to snatch a fish or skinned, headless frog. Their focus is so intense that they forget their wariness of people – though not as much as the Little egrets who will even line up with the penguins to take fish from the keeper’s hand.  This is of course a great opportunity to take photographs – I took so many it’s difficult to choose. I’m posting one that shows the bright colour that the heron bill acquires in spring.  There was a lot of crest-raising in clashes for food – another photo shows a heron completely spiked out from the tension and nerves of competing - the Black-headed gulls made it very difficult. And finally one I couldn't resist: not the prettiest, but shows the intensity of a heron's stare.  Imagine being a moorhen chick and looking up at that!


Offline Dave

  • *
  • Full Shroomy
  • ******
  • Posts: 1302
  • León
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2008, 16:24 PM »
Hi Lucy
What great photos, our Herons are not that active yet, but of course it is probably a lot colder here, the local Heronry here consists of arounf 10 nests, so I am looking forward to observing them before the leaves come.
regards
Dave

Offline lucy

  • *
  • Full Shroomy
  • ******
  • Posts: 1242
    • Lucy's Blog
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2008, 08:56 AM »
Hi Dave,
The conditions for the zoo colony - good food supply, mild weather - allow an early start.  Probably some herons will have more than one brood. A crane would be useful to observe them when the leaves grow!

Offline lisa

  • *
  • Full Shroomy
  • ******
  • Posts: 2439
    • Accommodation and Activities in the Picos de Europa
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2008, 09:16 AM »
Brilliant last photo Lucy. You could have saved it for a chopped up bird quiz  :biggrin:
www.picos-accommodation.co.uk
Accommodation, ski touring, snowshoeing, walking and info on the flora and fauna of the Picos de Europa.
SAVE SPANISH BEARS!
And now,
The Picos de Europa
Your complete English guide to these beautiful mountains of Northern Spain.

Offline nick

  • *
  • Administrator
  • Full Shroomy
  • *****
  • Posts: 1948
    • Iberianature
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2008, 12:47 PM »
Great stuff Lucy,
I should pay them a visit again soon
Nick
http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/
Spanish Civil War Tours in Barcelona
http://www.iberianature.com/
A guide to the environment, climate, wildlife, & nature of Spain
The Amazon/Forum Bookshop - lend us a hand
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/shop/index.htm
And also now The Natural History of Britain
http://iberianature.com/brita