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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 19th January, 2019)

The Hopeful Heron

The Hopeful Heron
Overlooking our small pond - doubtless hoping frogs will have been tempted to come out in the mild weather. Moments later it took off - pursued by seagulls which mobbed it as it flew away.

Photo: David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
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Comment by: Mick on 19th January 2019 at 10:33

Herons have a bad name, when people spot a heron sat next to there back garden pond waiting to pinch a fish, they will bang on the window to scare it of.
Now when people spot a kingfisher sat next to there back garden pond waiting to pinch a fish, they will run to grab there camera

Comment by: Gary on 19th January 2019 at 14:02

Rarely see a heron where I live, but being right on the north east coast the gulls are a menace.
I've seen them take sparrows in flight and eat them on my neighbour's flat roof extension - as well as covering parked cars in the street in guano. A pair of crows nest in one tree in the street and battle regularly with the gulls.
Nature, eh?

Comment by: Winnie on 19th January 2019 at 15:38

I wish Mick would learn some English grammar.

Comment by: helen of troy on 19th January 2019 at 15:49

We have 2 or 3 small ponds in the woods here & you will sometimes see a heron, graceful birds on land & in the air.
I remember being at Whitby once, the gulls there are a menace but its the fault of visitors & the chips they throw for them...our gulls here in Norfolk are much better behaved !!

Comment by: Ken R on 19th January 2019 at 17:59

Nice photo. Winnie, I thought that Mick's remarks were aw reet.

Comment by: Philip G. on 19th January 2019 at 18:05

The word Heron was first used in England in 1300, according to Wiki'. It appears that the word Heron is a nickname for a tall, lanky person.

Comment by: Clifford Hepworth on 19th January 2019 at 19:05

At Pennington flash last Saturday l saw 16 grey herons all in front of the Edmondson hide ! Plus a few others scattered round the other hides.

Comment by: Beryl on 19th January 2019 at 20:55

Love to see the Herons. There are lots near to me in MK as we have a lake only 5 -10 mins walk from home. There is also a small island for them to set up home.
Lovely photo yet again David

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