Herons are a fairly common sight on Bude’s canal and marshes though rarely this close. The many dogs and their owners generally scare them off but not here and the reason, I guess, was that the heron was probably pretty hungry.
This was taken the morning after one of the many Atlantic storms this winter, one that had raged for over two days, during which I doubt the heron was able to feed. Even in the calm after the storm the canal water was stirred up, muddy and probably very difficult for the heron to see into.
We had parked at the far end of the canal at Helebridge, walked along it, and wandered into Bude where we spent an hour or so; an hour and a half after taking this picture we walked back up the canal. The heron was in exactly the same spot. Still hungry I guess.