The heron chicks are growing fast. The heronry is greening up very quickly, too, and soon I won’t be able to see them at all apart from high up on Hoo Wood ridge. I’m filming the herons from a distance of 150 metres today. I can get closer, but it’s difficult to get a clear view and it’s very wet and boggy around the heronry. They herons also fly away when I get too close. So I try to do the best I can from the riverbank. My videos are good enough for my record purposes.
I spent around four hours filming this morning in overcast conditions. There was a great deal of nature sounds and birds calling, but I didn’t push my shotgun microphone plug firmly enough into the camera socket – so I returned home with silent video clips.
The first image on this video shows a view from my hide. The heronry is in the background treeline, and extends well beyond to the right and left. I am focusing on the largest tree in the centre of the image; it’s possible to just about make out the herons I am photographing.