Brace yourselves – not only the Game of Thrones is back, the heron is too! Since the beginning of June I keep seeing it back at the Etruria lake in Stoke on Trent.
I promised you in my post about damselflies that I will bring you some new photos. By now I have accumulated enough snaps and my aim is to show you the heron in various situations. The following photo story is a mix of pictures from several photo shoots.
So, the first time I saw the heron back, it was only peeking out from reed, curiously assessing the situation. Is it fine to leave the safety of the reed or not yet?
Then during later visits at the lake I saw it venturing out to the open space. It seems the heron really likes this spot on a partially sunken tree branch. No wonder, it is sunnier there than in the reed. That is, when the sun actually shines. But this time the heron was lucky:
Once it was confident enough, it even opened its wings while sunbathing. If the photo was just a bit sharper, I believe you could see the smile on its face as it was enjoying the early summer sunny day 🙂 I have never seen it do this, I guess it was a lucky catch.
Eventually, the heron gets bored at the lake and it flies away. Sometimes I manage to get an in-flight photo which is not blurry:
Did you like the photo story? Let me know in comments.
But that is not all. Stay tuned! I have another special heron photo story for you coming soon!