After harvesting, grey herons
can sometimes be seen in fields, looking for rodents.
generally target aquatic prey, mostly fish, but have been reported to feed on small mammals, invertebrates, and occasionally on other birds (Marquiss and Leitch 1990, McCanch 2003, Jakubas and Mioduszewska 2005, Gwiazda and Amirowicz 2006, Williams and Ward 2006).
You can visit the Wader Lake and see the largest grey heron
colony in the area, or just spend some time exploring the nature reserve.
The one-acre water feature dug by Allan Rankin at his mansion in Darras Hall, Ponteland, is big enough to attract a variety of "hazardous" waterfowl, including grey heron
, swans, geese and ducks, it was said.
The grey herons
standing proudly sentinel in the reeds.
Also alongside the car park is one of the largest heronries in the area and last year yielded over 60 young grey herons
The bird and animal species bosses at Graphite would like to see include otters, rabbits, kingfishers, tufted ducks, mallards, coots, grey herons
, water rails, kestrels, foxes and whitethroats.
As the water floods the vegetation of the marsh, the whole area becomes a vast soup for grey herons
to shift through, searching for invertebrate prey, but they will also take voles if they can.
Wild grey herons
arrived in 1989 and now the colony annually numbers more than 30 breeding pairs.
have also returned to their communal nests at the tops of trees.
As soon as you arrive, birds are around you - grey herons
(pictured) are a regular sight flying to and fro from their nesting trees near the car park.
The mural, which showcases the variety of wildlife often seen at the pond, including northern marsh orchids, grey herons
, greenfinches and hedgehogs, should brighten up the hide for visitors.