Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Garden Birds


I caught sight of the heron up at the pond (why do I always write ‘the heron’? there must be more than one heron out there) It had caught a frog and was having a bit of hassle getting it lined up in its beak ready to swallow. I’d have loved to make a dash for the camera but decided just to stay and watch, when after much flailing of frogs legs it did mange to swallow it, I watched as the frog shaped lump made its way down the herons gullet, I wonder what that feels like, for the frog and the heron.

The scene was reminiscent of the time a gull nicked a half eaten Cornetto ice cream out of my hand whilst I was walking down Llandudno prom, the boys and I watched in dismay as my ice cream slithered down the neck of the gull, it was just like a Tom and Gerry scene, you could clearly see the cone shape moving down its throat. At the time Tom said the gull must have had the ultimate ‘brain freeze’ given the body to weight ratio of the gull and the ice cream. But I digress, here is the heron, but with out the frog.

Heron 1

(We haven’t got giant daffodils, they are growing on a bank at the other side of the pond, that and the effect of the long.)

Heron 2

If you want to see the most delightful photos of heron chicks (see, I said their was more than one heron.) Go look here and stay a while because there are some fabulous wildlife photos

Heron 3

It amazes me they make it off the ground, the geometry looks so wrong,

Heron 5

it just managed to clear the shed roof.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “Garden Birds

  1. Great pictures of THE HERON Uphill. We had one down here that was taking fish last year but it was found dead in the field a few weeks later. Some said the fox had got him but im not so sure. People get very uptight when there prize Koi vanishes. Ive left my pond natural for a few years now. I just chuck straw in it.
    They are magnificent birds and the last photo is amazing.
    Good camera work

  2. I love herons, we have a pond and one occasionally flies over and has landed on our shed before. As much as i like my fish i cant bear to scare the heron away, they are so majestic.
    Great pics

  3. Those are wonderful pictures – I especially like that great spread of wing in the next to last. How do they ever manage?

  4. Great shots, Uhdd. While I feel for the poor frog, a bird’s gotta eat. That would have been fascinating to watch.

  5. It probably is the same heron each time – they’re extremely territorial.

  6. It’s always wonderful to see a heron. I’ve only seen one three times in the last ten years!

  7. The hard winter brought the demise of the goldfish in our pond so I thought the tadpoles were going to be safe this year. But no, it seems they will grow up only to be eaten by the heron, who visited for the first time this winter because everywhere else was frozen. I had read about herons eating frogs but didn’t believe till I read your post! Ah well, que sera sera.

  8. they are so prehistoric! here is a picture of one reflected in a canal

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  10. They do look like it just shouldn’t be possible to fly as they do. A bit like giraffes when they run. It shouldn’t work, but something it all works together and…it’s strangely graceful.

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