A study of a grey heron (anjan) Company School, Calcutta, circa 1820
watercolour on paper watermarked Whatman, identifying inscription anjan in Persian in nasta'liq script, framed 670 x 495 mm.
The grey heron is well-known in the Indian sub-continent and can be seen up to 5000 feet. It wades in shallow water with its head craned and bill poised ready to pounce on a frog or fish coming within striking range. It has a deep, harsh croak in flight.