The Grey Herons of Dublin

These guys are surprisingly super common in Dublin, especially along the river Dodder…but I’ve even seen them poking around the dirty Liffey and Grand Canal! No matter how common, I’ve always felt it is a great gift to see a heron, and the grey herons are very similar to the North American Great Blue Heron (also super common).
grey heron

Just recently, I was at one of my field sites and I watched a grey heron catch and rather clumsily eat a frog, which was equal parts horrifying (from the frog’s perspective) and amazing (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a heron eat a frog before). I didn’t have my camera at the time, so you’ll just have to use your imagination to visualize the heron dangling a poor frog by one foot then the other.
grey heron

Nature, red in bill and talon.
grey heron

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3 thoughts on “The Grey Herons of Dublin

  1. Lovely shots. Have you seen them in Dublin zoo? They hang about near the seals and penguins, possibly hoping for a free meal!

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