During a recent stroll in Bushy Park I was delighted to be able to get close to an adult Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea). Initially it was obstructed by some vegetation but as I slowly moved around I was able to get some excellent uninterupted views. Obviously quite used to human interuption because it wasn't at all phased by my relative close proximity...there was a very thin stretch of water between us.
There was a fairly strong breeze blowing its black nape plume and long chest streamers about as it continued to do some essential preening.
Ocassionally stopping to view his surroundings
At one stage the head disappeared altogether!
Not sure when I will ever get this close again.....another very enjoyable wildlife encounter. FAB.