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Heron Post

This morning, bright and vaguely sunny with a pink tinge around the edge of the sky, I went out to feed the birds, two handfuls on bread and peanuts on the bird table and one handful ditto on the sunshine. The usual fare. Then I gave my usual whistling call to signal grub's up (I can't whistle properly but I can make a whistling call that might possibly be that of some larger bird lost in the jungle). There was a rustle of wings and over flew, quite low, a Heron.

Now I don't think he had been summoned by my call. Most likely he had been raiding the garden ponds on the estate behind us, but he saw me and changed direction, a sudden swish of wings; silently herons do not fly. I thought it strange as I had been writing only yesterday about cranes and a heron is, I suppose, as close as you can get to a crane without being a crane.

French class this morning: I must away.

Have a good day folks.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 9th Oct 2018 - 08:19AM   Posted by Fennie   Heron Post Comments: 12

Withy Brook's Avatar Funny birds, herons! Many years ago, my son was stationed at Lossiemouth and living in a farmhouse not far away. It was only a short walk to a nature reserve and birdwatching place but I mostly remember a large heronry in the tops of some trees.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 9th Oct 2018 at 09:13AM

Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie, Withy and everyone ,

Thank you for posting for the larks Fennie.

19 degrees here very sunny with a moderate breeze.

Our next door neighbour where we used to live had a very large garden pond where Carp swam, neighbour placed a very big white Heron on the edge of the pond but it was not a real one of course just garden ornament to make sure the fish stayed safe.

Enjoy your French lessons today Fennie, parlez vous francaiseVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 9th Oct 2018 at 09:42AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar We have a Heronry not too far from the Studio - Herons in trees are the most incongruous sight, like something from Jurassic Park.

Le Heron est dans le arbre, c'est bizarre! Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th Oct 2018 at 10:14AM

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Posted by: Camilla on 9th Oct 2018 at 10:55AM

Camilla's Avatar Beaucoup De Pommes, N'est ce PasVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 9th Oct 2018 at 11:01AM

Fennie's Avatar First, it wasn't bread and peanuts but 'robin and songbird' mix and peanuts - though how a songbird differs from a robin I do not know. Anyway no doubt it wouldn't appeal to herons, though it does seem to appeal to pigeons which are neither songbirds or robins, but then I suppose pigeons eat anything.

Les pigeons mangent tout, comme dit les francais, peut-etre.

Ah! Vraiment? Les Herons sont dans les arbres? Je ne le savais pas. Mais je sais que les Herons ont des belles jambes assez mince parce qu'ils ne mangent jamais les pommes frites avec leurs poissons.

Et oui, oui, Camilla. Beaucoup de pommes! Un tel quantité!
Il faut faire les tartes aux pommes avant qu'ils pourrient. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 9th Oct 2018 at 01:07PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Yup! Herons grow in trees. Laughing
I'm sure if they thought it through Herons, and Ducks for that matter, would nest like Swans and Moor hens, in a nice comfy nest among the reeds on the waters edge... but no! they seem to think, for some inexplicable reason, that nesting in trees would be a better idea. Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th Oct 2018 at 01:55PM

Fennie's Avatar I suppose they don't like the damp, they not being water birds as such. And with legs that length you'd hate to get arthritis.
Ducks in my experience don't nest in trees unless they are of the Muscovy persuasion, though which race a certain madness permeates. Ducks do though have a desire to subject their offspring to terrifying leaps of faith from the tops of haystacks or similar, but mostly they nest on the ground and then go for swimming lessons and to have their tootsies tickled by pike. It is amazing how any survive. Besides nesting on the ground does make things easier for foxes who deserve some sort of evolutionary break to compensate for all that persecution. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 9th Oct 2018 at 03:13PM

Camilla's Avatar Oui, oui, you have to make the apple pies before they rot indeed Fennie.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 9th Oct 2018 at 05:51PM

Fennie's Avatar Very HappyVery Happy Bravo!

Posted by: Fennie on 9th Oct 2018 at 10:35PM

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Posted by: Camilla on 10th Oct 2018 at 10:12AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Actually I think most Herons already have arthritis which would account for their generally grumpy old man demeanour. Wink
The mallards around here generally nest in trees somewhere along the banking behind the seafront houses, then come down through the gardens and cross the road with the ducklings in the spring. You will quite often come across a villager stopping the traffic to get the ducklings safely across to the shore.Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 10th Oct 2018 at 10:28AM

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