The Coastal Path in Amsterdam – Herons

There are lots of herons in Amsterdam.  We first saw them in the Vondelpark, on our first day.  On our third day, as we walked to the Nederlands Scheepvaart Museum, we passed the zoo.  There we saw a heron trying to assimilate itself into the lifestyle of a flamingo.  Do you think they noticed?  I think they did.  On the right hand side of the photo there is a flamingo looking at the heron rather angrily.

Heron Pretending to be a Flamingo

A little later, we saw a heron stood at the side of a canal.

HeronIt allowed us to get quite close.

Heron Allowing us to get quite closeBut not that close – I blame the blurriness of this next shot on my children.  They caused the heron to move.  As the heron moved it caused my camera to move.  As my camera moved it caused my photo to blur.  When you read books about bringing up children they all talk about cause and effect.  I never really understood what that meant until now.  It means that parents have a legitimate ability to blame everything on their kids, becasue the kids caused it all.  Funnily enough, I have noticed that our kids have exactly the same claim against us.  The heron wasn’t interested in all of this.  It flew off.

But not that close!

Points on this part of our Day 3 walk through Amsterdam (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):

  • Amsterdam Zoo Flamingo Pool:  N 52° 21.965 E 004° 54.838
  • Blurry Heron:  N 52° 22.192 E 004° 54.980

Walk Statistics (of which this post forms the first part):

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3 Responses to The Coastal Path in Amsterdam – Herons

  1. Great photo! Maybe the flamingos assumed the heron was a juvenile of their own species, which are small, grey and fluffy. Check out http://rollingharbour.com/birds/flamingo-breeding-season-inagua/ RH

  2. Jill says:

    At least none of them are sticking their tongues out at you 😛

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