As a follow up to the 'Study in Concentration' image posted on FABirding I thought I would share my recent encounter with this obliging Grey Heron.
This individual was standing absolutely motionless at the back of a small pool with the background reeds swaying around in the very strong breeze.
I took a few shots and then decided to follow a path around to the left using the reeds as a screen ...
.. and then crouched down to shoot through the railings on a wooden bridge in an attempt to get closer.
I was quite surprised that this individual stayed glued to the same spot and apart from some minor head movement (probably in response to the camera shutter sounds) it allowed me these close magical moments. A species that is definitely well know for its patience when hunting and I finally left it alone to continue its lonely vigil.
It would have been nice to capture this creature 'in action' but I was happy to make do with its stationary poses on this occasion. FAB.