Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Body length: 36"
Distinguished from other herons by large size grey upper-parts, white head and neck with broad streak from eye to tip of long, graceful crest. Long, dagger-shaped bill is yellowish, legs brownish, both becoming reddish in early spring.
Flight: powerful, with slow, deep wing-beats.
Flight-Silhouette: distinctive, with head back between shoulders, bowed wings and legs extended.
Habitat: Water-meadows, rivers, lakes, sea-shores; nests in colonies, usually in tall trees.