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Purple Heron
Purple Heron

The Purple Heron is a wading bird in the heron family, breeding in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia.

The Purple Heron is a large bird, 80–90 cm tall, with a 120–150 cm wingspan, but slender for its size, weighing only 0.5-1.3 kg. It is somewhat smaller than the Grey Heron, from which it can be distinguished by its darker reddish-brown plumage, and, in adults, darker grey back. It has a narrower yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults.

The Purple Heron breeds in colonies in reed beds or trees close to large lakes or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.

It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish, frogs, insects and small mammals. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It tends to keep within reedbeds more than the Grey Heron, and is often inconspicuous, despite its size.

It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The long neck of Purple Heron looks particularly snake-like, with more of an S-shape in flight. The call is a loud croaking “krek”.

This is a typical habitat shot clicked at Keoladeo Ghana National Park as this skillful chap was about to hunt. 

This photograph won the first prize on World's Wetland Day Photography Competition / Exhibition 2013 organised by Young Enviornmentailists Programme Trust (31 Jan 13)

Disclamer: This photograph is taken in the natural habitat. Incase if anybody needs the copy of this picture, please contact me. © All Rights Reserved by Yogesh Rane (www.junglebook.co.in / www.yogeshrane.com)

 

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