Feb 24th, 2014
The heron arrived at 7am this morning and was not deterred by either R setting off for town or the post van arriving. He (or she) just sat incredibly still (nothing beats herons for immobility) until suddenly the beak struck out. At first I thought there were fish in the pool after all – but reviewing the video – it had caught a large frog which it then consumed with apparent enjoyment.
It caught four before slowly flapping away over the fields. I am pleased that it is finding food and it is nice to see it on the pond – but I am sort of sorry about the frogs – they are such interesting creatures and we are not going to have much of a wildlife pond without them – to say nothing of all the midge larvae that they will eat. Hopefully the heron is only catching a small proportion and we will get a good crop of tadpoles.