The Wilden Marsh Blog


With the trees greening up, the herons are difficult to see at the heronry now. I shot this image this morning from the riverbank, 150 metres away from the nests. These were the only herons I could see, but I could hear a lot of beak clacking from other areas of the heronry. I stood in the mud at the outlet of the North Pond Chain into the River Stour, which is a very sticky place… Read More

There were so many herons at the heronry today that it was impossible to count them; there were seven in one part of a tree alone. I stopped counting at 18 because I could hear herons squawking from parts of the heronry that I couldn’t see. They were in the trees, on nests, on the ground and in the air. I heard beak clacking, which heron chicks use to beg food from their parents. It… Read More

More often than not, herons are seen on the ground in open areas, but only because they are extremely difficult to see in thick undergrowth. The best way to spot herons in dense undergrowth is to scan small areas with your binoculars or camera, which is exactly how I managed to photograph this one. Sometimes herons are found in amongst long dry grasses, as in this image, because they are more likely to hear ol’ Red… Read More

Herons like to see what is happening around them. This one is on sentry duty in the highest tree overlooking the heronry. If anything unusual is seen or heard, the sentry is despatched to investigate and report.  

Scanning the heronry from Hoo Wood through binoculars this morning, I counted 7 male herons that had claimed or reclaimed old nests. There were 3 females there too, and others herons hidden behind trees that were blocking my view – I could see heads. Now that the island has been cleared, the herons might like being able to see more of the area around the heronry; perhaps they feel more secure, and fishing might now be easier…. Read More

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