Close Encounters of the Heron Kind

We have all seen the occasional ducks and geese in Ludgate Hill bit I had a strange experience late afternoon / early evening late in 2016. Whilst walking back from posting lots of letters, I was just about to cross the canal bridge when I noticed I had acquired a strange shadow as if I was walking with my arms out.

Sensing there was something close by, turned around thinking someone was going to shout boo or something like that from behind – no-one about so looked up. Was amazed to see right above me – maybe just over a couple feet away was the underside of a heron.

Are they big, yes and that close very big, and amazingly quiet. The heron then turned right and eerily glided with the occasional wing flap went down Water street back towards the canal.

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