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!
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.
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.