Great image of the Heron, and good to see it in Wigan. But what is disturbing is the Himalayan Balsam - a pernicious, invading weed which out-competes native riverside vegetation.
Comment by Aubrey on 27th August 2015 at 08:39
A really good photo.
Comment by Garry on 27th August 2015 at 11:15
Well snapped, Colin. You've taken it at the right moment.
Comment by Duncan on 27th August 2015 at 12:05
Very good Colin, an exceptional photo, how close did you manage to get to the heron?
Comment by Maureen on 27th August 2015 at 12:42
That's a lovely photo..almost looks like its been painted in delicate
watercolour tints..very nice.
JJ,I agree with you..its everywhere but it seems to get away with it by looking pretty..the trouble is its
ability to shoot its seed pods 22ft away and is literally taking over the countryside and the birds natural habitat.
Comment by Colin on 27th August 2015 at 15:41
Hi Duncan, I Was Approx 50ft To 60ft Away From The Heron.I Was Stood On The Pavement Just Under The Railway Bridge Going Into Wigan On Pottery Rd, Just Zoomed in To It..Took A Few Pics,.. But This Was Probably The Best One. I Also See A Mink With A Fish In Its Mouth But Was Not Quick Enough To Get A Pic Of It.! Thank-you All For You're Nice Comments..!
Comment by Henry7 on 27th August 2015 at 17:23
Great photo. I think H/Balsam is also called Japanese Knot Weed, it really is taking over. Suppose we have the Victorians to thank for introducing it to our shores.
Comment by Maureen on 27th August 2015 at 18:04
Hello Henry..if you google Japanese knotweed then click onto images,you'll see the difference.
Comment by Duncan on 27th August 2015 at 18:55
Colin, it really is one of the best photos for a long time.
Comment by Dave (Oy) on 27th August 2015 at 19:26
Lovely shot Colin.
Comment by Neil Rigby on 27th August 2015 at 21:31
Maureen, there is a very short video of H/Balsam scattering seeds here:
Comment by Maureen on 27th August 2015 at 21:59
Thank you Neil..have just watched it..it really is fascinating how certain species of plants are determined to survive.
Comment by John Morris on 27th August 2015 at 22:35
Love it. It has got a touch of the impressionists about it, like Monet.
Comment by Daveb on 28th August 2015 at 10:39
Nice one Colin...
Comment by Derek Callaghan on 28th August 2015 at 17:45
It really is heartwarming to know that there is fish in ''the duggy'' below the bleachworks. In my day the section below bleachworks was, I believe practically an open sewer. Oh and parts of it stank as well. A well done to all who perseveres in keeping it clean today.
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