Greta De Schoenmacker, an avid photographer from Belgium, had set out to capture stunning images of little moorhens when she unexpectedly came across a magnificent heron.
Intrigued by the majestic bird, she decided to photograph it as well. However, just as she aimed her camera, the heron swiftly moved behind a tree, believing it had found the perfect hiding spot.
Despite the heron’s attempt to conceal itself, its long beak extended beyond the thin birch tree, failing to provide complete camouflage.
Schoenmacker found the situation amusing and quickly snapped a photo. To her surprise, the heron remained there for several minutes, unfazed by her presence, until she eventually moved, allowing the bird to continue its journey.
“To my great surprise, he hid behind a tree, and I quickly took a photo of it. Even greater was my surprise that he stood there for minutes until I moved and then he continued [on] his way.”
Whether the heron’s intention was to hide or not, it stayed hidden behind the tree longer than Schoenmacker had anticipated.
Its body aligned almost seamlessly with the tree trunk, creating a comical sight. However, the conspicuous beak gave away its presence.
Eventually, the not-so-sneaky heron decided to move along, perhaps in search of a more suitable hiding place that would truly conceal its magnificent presence.
Do Herons Instinctively Hide?
Herons do not typically hide in the same manner as smaller, elusive birds.
They are known for their tall and slender bodies, long legs, and long beaks, which are adaptations for their hunting and feeding habits.
Herons are usually found in open areas near bodies of water, where they patiently stalk their prey, such as fish and amphibians.
While herons may occasionally seek cover or perch among vegetation or trees for resting or nesting purposes, they generally rely on their stealth and patience rather than hiding.
Their primary strategy for catching prey involves standing still or slowly wading through shallow water, blending in with their surroundings to remain undetected by their prey.
Once they spot a suitable opportunity, they swiftly strike with their sharp beaks to capture their prey.
So, while herons may occasionally find perches or sheltered spots, their natural behavior revolves around remaining visible in their habitat to effectively hunt for food.