Grey Heron – feeding juveniles

HeronGr-feed jv [AmarSingh]

“At the same site as the Purple Herons (Ardea purpurea manilensis) …LINK, one set of Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) parents were also feeding a pair of juveniles.

“Again it was a chaotic, violent activity with juveniles aggressively demanding feeds by reaching up and grabbing the parent’s beak.

HeronGr-feed jv [AmarSingh]

“Again adult birds were all fluffed up (hackles raised).

HeronGr-feed jv [AmarSingh]

“Often nictating membranes were deployed to protect eyes but I can easily see some degree of damage from such a forceful activity.

HeronGr-feed jv [AmarSingh]

“I missed recording a video of actual feeding but here is a short handheld video of the juveniles and one adult. Note that the juveniles also had some degree of conflict (second half of video).

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
4th November 2016

Location: Tambun, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth near limestone hills

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