Heron

The largest European heron. It can stand with neck stretched out, looking for food, or hunch down with its neck bent over its chest. In flight it holds its neck retracted and has large rounded wings. It is usually solitary although several birds may feed fairly close together. It stalks its food, often standing motionless for some considerable time and usually feeds close to the bank or shore.

Around any kind of water – garden ponds, lakes, rivers and estuaries. Sometimes, grey herons circle high up in the sky and can be mistaken for large birds of prey.

Where to see themHeron Loch Duart Wildlife scotland

Around any kind of water – garden ponds, lakes, rivers and even on estuaries. Sometimes, grey herons circle high up into the sky and can be mistaken for large birds of prey.

When to see themHeron Loch Duart Wildlife scotland

At any time of year – our herons do not migrate.

What they eatHeron Loch Duart Wildlife scotland

Lots of fish, but also small birds such as ducklings and small mammals like voles. At harvest time, grey herons can sometimes be seen in fields, looking for rodents.