As I was standing by the sink in the kitchen a large grey shape glided across my view. The local Heron had come to pay a visit to see whether fish were back on the menu yet. Fortunately for the fish, and unfortunately for the Heron, the pond is still frozen over.
It stood there for a while keeping one eye on the pond and the other on me. In the end it decided there was no free meal and took off.
A bit on the blurry side but gives a good impression of just how long their wings are. From this photograph it appears to me that there is a double layer of feathers under part of each wing.
It must be very difficult in the weather conditions we have been experiencing for birds such as Kingfishers and Herons to find the food they need.
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