Close-up Heron

I was trying to get a shot of a dragonfly next to the river when I spotted this grey heron sitting awkwardly in a bush. Everytime it moved it seemed like it was going to fall out. The poor thing was really hot too, so it kept sticking its head out of the bush, opening its beak and panting its throat in an effort to get cool. All very comical really. Still more comical (for anyone watching) was the sight of me crawling through the mud and plants at the river’s edge, trying to get as close to the heron as possible. Needless to say I got covered in mud! Fortunately, however, I managed to sneak into a really good position, so when the heron jumped out of the bush I was ready to get some pretty good photos.

Grey Heron: Ardea cinerea: aosagi