Grey Heron

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Simply known as the ‘crane’ in many parts of Ireland, the Grey Heron is one of our most well-known resident birds. Identifiable by their long necks, grey plumage, and considerable size, Grey Herons can be found all over the country, including right here in Galway city. Grey Herons can often be seen perched along the canals, patiently waiting for their prey to appear. They are experts at standing very, very still until they glimpse movement of a potential meal. Long, sharp bills allow them to strike their prey quickly and efficiently, and their diet includes everything from fish and amphibians to insects and small mammals. Grey Herons can measure up to one metre tall. They tend to be solitary but can sometimes be spotted in pairs.