In most locations where I encounter a Grey Heron(Ardea cinerea) they are very flighty and don't allow a close approach. More recently I have had much better experiences with several individuals in Bushy Park where they are far more tolerant of human movements.
This week one individual was on sentry duty but later flew down to allow some rewarding close photos.
To compliment the post on my main blog I'm sharing a few more images of the Black-tailed Godwits(Limosa limosa) that I watched feeding and preening inside the North Wall at Pagham Harbour on the weekend.
These birds are slowly changing from their colourful full summer plumage into their plain grey winter garb.
A female Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi), whose body is as big as a 2p piece, photographed at Tices Meadows on 18th September using my PowerShot SX50 HS.
A species native to the Mediterranean area that was first recorded at Rye on the south coast in 1922 and subsequently spread throughout the south-east of UK. In 2007 it was reported that after years of milder winters this species had rapidly spread northwards. Last year the first sightings were reported from South Wales and East Anglia. FAB.
A male Black Darter(Sympetrum danae) regulating its temperature by pointing its abdomen towards the sun in 'the obelisk position'. I will feature my session with this delightful little dragon on my main blog in the near future. FAB.
Shot 'handheld' with 450D plus 70-300mm lens. [ISO 200; 1/320; f7.1 @ 200mm]