Herons: mystical and majestic or ridiculous?
Short version: Herons are a group of birds that seem to be seen very differently by different cultures. How does your culture see herons?
Long version: I believe that, for an American who has never visited Britain, I have a good understanding of British humor. However, while watching Taskmaster recently, I saw Greg Davies state that Mark Watson "looks like a heron," and then burst with pride and impish glee at his own temerity, smirking while the audience went wild. It was clear that, in some strange, British way, Mark Watson had been ...dealt with. Greg Davies was so proud of the insult that it became a running theme repeated over and over again during the series.
I just didn't get it. It seemed...accurate. Yes, Mark Watson looks like a heron, just like Robert Mueller looks like an eagle. I didn't see the insult. In America, the most common species of heron is the majestic Blue Heron, the subject of thousands of paintings in which it stands regally poised while mystic fog rises from the river beneath it. Any day which includes a heron sighting is, for me, definitively a good day. I would be quite proud to be compared to a heron.
When I googled "British Herons", I saw that your native Grey Heron does look a bit more ridiculous than the Blue Heron. And yes, I admit that herons in general have a bit of a goofy, ugly call, and are not the most elegant fliers in the world. But still, I have trouble imagining that herons could be seen as being as ridiculous as, say, geese.
So, am I correct that British people generally see herons as ridiculous animals? Can you think of other places where they are portrayed like that?
And, as I said, I am very interested in the opinions of other cultures. What kind of stereotypes do you have about herons?