Monday, February 9, 2009

Grey Heron

We were about 1100 kms off the east coast of Africa and this Heron (Ardea cinera) lands up on deck! I wondered what a fresh water bird was doing in the middle of the Arabian sea. The only reason I could guess was, that it was probably migrating and may have decided to take a break on the ship. It stayed onboard for about a day. This crepuscular bird is found throughout India and as seen above flies with a folded neack with head drawn in between the shoulders.
The bird seemed pretty shy always maintaining about 20-25 meters from me.
If anyone can tell me anyother reason for the bird to be found so far from the coast please let me know.


  1. This species looks similar to our Great Blue heron that is in full breeding season now.

  2. She really looks shy of you :) Interesting thing I observe in the pic is the way it folds its neck for steamlining. Cool stuff!

  3. WOW...this is just incredible. The birds come to you and they stay with you for hours. Your way of photography is something I have unheard off.

    The bird images are beautiful.