On New Year’s Day three herons were showing themselves within a couple of hundred yards along the Staffs and Worcs canal at Compton.
This one was intently fishing, then pausing to give its feathers a lot of attention.
On the opposite side of Compton bridge, this one was more focussed on getting something to eat.
It appears to be a younger bird, and was more wary as people passed along the other bank.
And finally a couple of views of the third bird, keeping a lookout in the trees above Compton lock.