Grey Heron (Ardea cinera)

I am back after a long absence. I was on summer holidays in Bolivia and Vermont and now am back in Belgrade. We went on a boat tour of the Sava River. Near the dock on the Zemun Kej, I immediately spotted a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) on a small island in the middle of the river. It was sitting quietly with a lot of mallards close by, as you can see one on the lower right of the photograph.

The Grey Heron is a large, impressive looking bird. It has greatly benefited from its ability to thrive in urban environments. Besides fish, it is a scavenger on food scraps and garbage. There is plenty to eat on the Sava River. In the Serbian language, it is called a Siva Čaplja, which means, Grey Heron.

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