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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 25th July, 2021)


A heron by the canal near Arley Bridge, with a fish in it’s mouth.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mick on 25th July 2021 at 07:45

Never used to see Herons when I was young.
I was up in a hot air balloon a few years ago and we went over a heronry, and all the nests where white with bird muck and looked like white car tyres on top of the trees.
Here are some I videoed in Stanley park Blackpool, its a shame I didnt have a camera tripod like they use on the BBC, to stop all that shaking.

Comment by: lock lass on 25th July 2021 at 08:51

Beautiful photo Dennis, personally we have a large pond in our garden and I shoo them off when I see them because they just eat our fish, I know this is what they do, it's nature, but I love my fish.

Comment by: Mick on 25th July 2021 at 09:05

Lock Lass if you saw a Kingfisher eating your fish would you be shooing it off

Comment by: irene roberts on 25th July 2021 at 09:09

How lovely! There used to be one by the side of Polly's Pond in Abram when I used to walk our dogs and it looked like a stone statue, it was always so still. Looking back, I imagine it must have been hoping for a fish to snap up. Just a funny tale if you don't mind me rambling on , but the heron reminded me and I know Dennis won't mind..... One day, Our Merlin, (he was a labrador retriever), picked up the most ENORMOUS smelly dead fish by the side of the pond. It was revolting! It was so big, hanging out of his mouth that I couldn't get his lead over his head. Several fishermen came to my aid but Merlin wouldn't let go, and In the end I had to walk him home through the estate without a lead on with people laughing and shouting "Get t'chip-pon on!" When we got home he still wouldn't let go and he had to stay in the back-yard all day with this stinky fish! As soon as Peter came home from work, Merlin "gave" him the fish.....Peter was his "Master" and the fish was a gift for him and no-one else. The loyalty of a dog is extraordinary.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 25th July 2021 at 09:38

Excellent clear photo

Comment by: Veronica on 25th July 2021 at 09:50

Good photo, only the best for the Heron, I have never seen one in the flesh so to speak.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 25th July 2021 at 10:09

We have one that lands on our roof occasionally, a big unit. It's after next doors Koi Carp

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 25th July 2021 at 12:43

Irene, you tale of Merlin & the fish made me laugh & reminded me of something my Uncle Joe Bradshaw used to say ...for what reason he used to say it I couldn't tell you !
" I was carryint pon when pon hondle coom off " !!

Comment by: David Barker on 25th July 2021 at 13:16

Nice one Dennis ,very clear photo.

Comment by: Edna on 25th July 2021 at 14:05

I liked your story Irene, we had a Labrador retriever, your right they are so loyal. Love the Heron Dennis.poor fish!!

Comment by: Veronica on 25th July 2021 at 15:24

It sounds like only the best for Flt. Lt. Kyte as well Irene. Aw what a lovely dog ...;o))

Comment by: Cyril on 25th July 2021 at 19:59

With its extended throat it seems it was a large fish it caught. According to this film there's plenty of Herons in British Columbia too and their poop rains down from the trees, guano on tap.

Irene, a wonderful story of a faithful dog, I'd imagine he'd be giving fishy slobbery kisses for a week afterwards.

Comment by: lock lass on 26th July 2021 at 21:45

Mick, if I saw any bird eating my fish I would shoo it off. I am not saying I would kill it, just shoo it on its merry way.

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