This picture does not do justice to the scene. On the far bank the heronry contained at least 20 nests appearing here just as white dots. Sitting on the bench where the photo was taken you could see, through the binoculars, the feeding of the youngsters, many with large necks stretching from the nests.
Apparently herons can have youngsters as early as February, and a guided walk passed us without showing much interest in the heronry.
You have to enlarge this Peter and its a darn fine picture - its quite strange to see so many herons. Were they tolerant of you or did they soon scarper?
Cheers from Oxfordshire -Jethro-
This was one of the memorable moments you can get now and then!
The far bank is pretty isolated from the pathway and they went about their business without taking notice.
Having said that it is very noticeable that herons over here are becoming more and more used to humans. You can now get to about a cricket pitch before they fly from the side of the canal. And if they are on the other bank you can nearly get opposite. But if you lift your hand, as in the case of taking a photo, they don't like it!
Now I hope you take the opportunity of sampling the Morlands Ale while you are in Morse country
All the best Pedro
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Photo taken in Sandwell Valley Country Park, Salter's Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands B71 4BG, UK
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