Gray herons standing on the ice in Haapsalu were in front of the camera eye of photographer Arvo Tarmula. “It’s an interesting sight, how they cough next to each other,” said ornithologist Tarvo Valker.
Gray herons usually fly to Western Europe for the winter when the cold arrives, but according to Valker, they have been increasingly wintering in Western Estonia during the last mild winters. “Last year, when there was no ice at all, there were hundreds of them here,” he said.
Although one of the largest nesting colonies of gray sharks is near the Laikmaa Museum, the hawks currently in the bay are not there, according to Valker.
According to Valker, the herons are fish-eating birds and when the ice arrives, they look for open water to find food. They can also fast for a long time. According to Valker, there were still a hundred haigers in place last week, now that the weather has got colder, there are a few dozen of them. “Some are still waiting and then they are migrating,” Valker said.
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