Graceful in its slow flight the Grey Heron is a large bird. The long neck is folded back to make a more streamlined shape in flight. You don't often get to see the feet and sharp talons - they're usually up to their knees in pond water.
…I really thought it was on the way. Damn. And I was so looking forward to seeing the start of the green world taking shape again, but it looks like we have to wait a short while longer. I saw a glimmer of Spring this week, the sun shone, the temperature soared and the birds took new interest in singing and collecting material for nest building.
Yet today the rain has returned, but it is not unwelcome, it had been dry for some time. The ground needs to be softened for our wonderful thrushes and blackbirds to collect worms to eat. And soon it will become colder again. But it cannot last long, the days are lengthening and any snow flurries will soon melt.