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Grey Heron Ardea cinerea jouyi   - Feeding behaviour
Grey Heron
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Tambun, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 26 June 2017
English synonyms:Gray Heron, Heron, Common Grey Heron, Common Gray Heron, Common Heron, Eastern Grey Heron, Eastern Gray Heron, European Common Heron, European Blue Heron, European Heron
Bird Family :Ardeidae - Egrets, Herons & Bitterns
Bird Group :CICONIIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Watched a Grey Heron handle a rather large fish, almost too much for the bird. The fish was dropped a number of times, the head stabbed and it was turned sideways and shaken; presumably to break the vertebral column of the fish. The fish was repositioned a number of times before it could be swallowed. What was of interest to me was the post feeding behaviour. The bird seemed to drink water or wash the beak a number of times. It also picked up sticks a few times to run through the beak. At first I thought this was nest building activity, but after 5-6 episodes of picking up and discarding sticks I suspect it could be cleaning the inside of the beak. Perhaps the large fish had left some lingering sensation in the beak or some tiny bits were stuck. Video recording here: https://youtu.be/Ao86xK_3XuI
-Amar
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