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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

7. The Heron
(Ardea cinerea)

7. The Heron

Tall and stately stalks the Heron, a grey shape gliding to the water's edge, to advance a pace at a time through the shallows and scan the current with keen eye. Let a fish come by and with lightning lunge the fisherman has it. He holds it kicking in his bill for a minute, water drops flying, then somehow turns it so that it lies with its head down his throat, gives a gulp and swallows it. For a few moments he stands in thoughtful pose, then sips a drop of water and moves to look for the next fish.