Heron by the towpath


This heron was fishing on the towpath side of the Staffs and Worcs canal during the hard weather at the end of November.

Although it was only a few yards from Compton bridge, it did not appear to have been disturbed for some time.

The bird carried on fishing as I got to within perhaps ten yards of it taking pictures. Only when a large group of ducks came up to see if I had food for them did it depart, flying the shortest possible distance to continue its vigil on the other bank.