The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is a very common bird living close to freshwater lakes and rivers in Europe. Its impressive size and attractive plumage make it a well worth subject for nature photographers. The species is found all year round and nests in spring high up in tall trees. It is a close relative of the American Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias).
One of my favourite sites is a small island at the port of Auvernier about 30 metres from the shore of Lake Neuchâtel containing a small forest of poplar trees where Grey Herons are abundant:
With a lot of patience you will get the right position in the right light to find a statue-like bird posing for you in a tree
As a fisherman’s shed is quite close to the island they also wait for the catch to be prepared so that they can get at the scraps and fly away
In the reeds you will find them stalking for fish and other aquatic animals
Some flying pictures are also within reach if you are ready to shoot and your autofocus is quick enough
Grey herons are relatively easy to photograph if you can find a place where they flock and are not too shy in the presence of humans. Occasionally they visit zoos to help themselves from the food of other animals, too. As they are big enough, a medium telephoto lens is sufficient for frame filling pictures.
These and more pictures at http://hhsiegrist.zenfolio.com/grey_heron