Scientific name: Ardea cinerea
Sometimes straying into gardens with ponds, the grey heron is a big bird that is easily recognised when stood stock-still waiting for a fish. Look out for it in flight, too, with its slow-flapping wings and its long legs held out behind it.
Average lifespan: 5 years
Common. Classified in the UK as Green under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015).