Grey Herons- Western Isles Bird Sightings
Grey herons nest in tall trees - usually with other herons to form a colony or heronry. The nest is a large platform and the nest is made using twigs and grass. These dinosaur looking birds are regulars to be seen in The Western Isles
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Isle of Lewis , Harris and the Uists - Bird Sightings - Grey Herons
The grey herons have a special powdery down on the sides of their chests. They run any feathers (usually head and neck) that have become sticky or scaly against the down after feeding, and the powder soaks up the fish slime, making the feathers much easier to clean The claw on the 3rd toe has a serrated edge which enables the plumage to be preened clean.