Grey Heron

Grey Heron 1

I spotted this large bird as we walked round the lake, St Margaret’s Loch, in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh.

I like how from a distance the water looks like molten steel!

Grey Heron 2

I think this is a Grey Heron. They are commonly found all over the UK around wetland areas such as lakes and typically stand with their long necks pulled in, as seen in the first photo.

Grey Heron 3

After I’d taken a few quick shots, the heron decided he’d had enough of me and my camera and slowly waded back towards the shoreline, to hide in the reeds.


It was a grey, drizzly day, and as I said recently, my little Canon point and click camera prefers bright sunshine, being South African!

Still, it did its best in the dim lighting and from quite a distance.


post script: Extra points if you know who said “Like molten steel” and in which movie.



32 thoughts on “Grey Heron

    1. scifihammy Post author

      So others have been saying. I had no idea they were timid, as they’re such a large bird!
      I tried to comment on your Heron post, but there was nowhere to do so, not even when I visited your blog. I wondered if yours was maybe a Crane? Hard to see from a photo, but the neck seemed very long?

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      1. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy

        I’m turning off comments on the weekends for a few months – I get super busy during the fall, so it’s an attempt to keep up with the comments. I always feel bad when I don’t get to them.

        As for the bird, it was definitely a heron – we have lots of cranes, but they’re even bigger here. And we don’t usually see them in ponds, they tend to hang out in the fields.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much – and for noticing the flowers, which I carefully kept in when cropping the photo!
      I’m giving you some points anyway, for at least mentioning the movie trivia quiz! Answers next post – If I remember! πŸ˜€

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Quite probably, but that’s is not the quote I had in mind.
      However, points are coming your way for playing the game πŸ˜€ And answers next post – if I remember! πŸ™‚
      And Thank you πŸ™‚

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      1. Garfield Hug

        Cranes have long legs…hmm I must go re-look at our local birds haha! We have heaps of pesky crows and mynahs..sqwaking away…noisy buggers at dusk. What a din! πŸ˜„

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