For the 100th edition of Wild Bird Wednesday hosted by Stewart, instead of re-posting some previous images, I thought I would share one of my favourite subjects, the Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea). During a very recent stroll around a local watery location I came across a juvenile patiently waiting at the waters edge.
It then started its preening ritual so I thought this was a good opportunity to get some close ups that clearly demonstrate the flexibility of that long neck.
Preening is an essential behaviour, second only to feeding, and is often observed both in the field and in your garden. It is the bird's way of keeping all those of thousands of feathers in tip top condition. It involves removing dirt and parasites and then aligning each individual feather in the optimum position relative to each adjacent one .... definitely not a quick and simple task.
Linking to I'D-Rather-B-Birdin', Nature Notes and Wild Bird Wednesday.