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I counted 16 heron perched in the heronry at one time earlier in the week, which is good, but surprising. Previous tree cutting activity near the heronry before the breeding season, resulted in very few eggs laid. It will be interesting to see what happens after this and last month’s tree cutting activity there. Chicks hatch between March and April.

I didn’t get out of bed until gone 10 o’clock this morning, which is very unusual for me. I was listening to a couple of documentaries on Radio4 Xtra, one of them about a recovering alcoholic who went home to one of the northern Isles to escape temptation, using nature therapy to help beat the addiction. Half of me was saying get out of bed lazy bones, and the other wanted to lie… Read More

Sunrise: 04.58 am   Sunset: 09.16 pm It was the heronry’s turn for a visit from me today. Forcing my way across the island, through shoulder-high stinging nettles and clouds of annoying flies, I arrived at my favourite vantage point around 8 am. For the first time this year, I stood on the edge of the stinking swamp surrounding the herons and their nests. I was not the only visitor, either: there were many deep… Read More

27th May 2012: I was at the heronry by 7 am this morning. The sky was a flawless powder blue, it was warm, and I was fully camouflaged. The ground was just solid enough to support my weight. I headed for my preferred vantage spot, which was as close as it possible to get to the herons without wearing waders. I inched towards my chosen tree and slowly set up my camo-net…. Read More

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