Flora And Fauna Part III, Herons & Egrets

Herons are long-legged birds in the family Ardeidae. The family has 67 species. The most common heron species in the Netherlands and Belgium is the blue heron. The great egret, small egret, purple heron, bittern, forest monkey and quack also occur in the Netherlands and Belgium.

The heron lives on fish, amphibians, small mammals and sometimes also reptiles and birds. The heron usually feeds in shallow water, but also on land. The hunting technique is simple; standing motionless for a long time until a prey comes close, or chasing the prey very calmly. Once close, the heron spits the prey to it’s dagger-shaped beak.

Below are some photos taken from herons and egrets in the nearby neighborhood. Click on a miniature-photo to enlarge it, then navigate using the arrows left/right of the photo or use the cursor keys on your keyboard.