I’ve turned to the double-page spread in The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds and their nests on The Heron:
The Heron is a very large bird, over three feet high. It spends most of its time standing quite still at the edge of the pond or river waiting for fish, catching them by a sudden dart of its long, very sharp beak and then swallowing them head first.
Here’s a juvenile Grey Heron at Daisy Nook:
It’s perfecting the art of standing still.
Forty years ago I was thrilled to see a Heron and wrote about it in my nature notebooks:
Here’s the full blog:
I even spotted one from a train and wrote all about it in 1976:
I’m still watching this juvenile and it hasn’t moved at all. It’s uncanny.
They are wonderful when they fly:
The Ladybird text continues:
It also catches mice, voles, frogs and snakes.
Given the look in the eye of this adult, I’m glad I’m not a mouse, vole, frog or snake.