"Oh what a beautiful Day" and it certainly was when a rare visitor from Southern Europe a Squacco Heron turned up at Par just outside St Austell. So left home just after 7am this morning with Paul from "Cornwall Birding website ", and Ashley from "Ashley H Photography Blog site". arriving at Par just before 8am. Taking a short walk to the pool where the Heron was seen we met Mark Whittaker from "Fat Wagtail Blog" and he pointed out the bird partly hidden in trees on the small island in the pond.
At this point it was difficult to get a clear view, and Mark said it had dropped down about 07.30 and took quite a large fish. So it looked like we were in for a long haul, and we were right it stayed in its perch for two hours before deciding to move. I can say that from then on things got a whole lot better as it moved down through the branches to ground level over a period of about 1 1/2 hours and gave plenty of photo opportunities before it went back into the trees.
So this was a Lifer for me and a stunning bird to boot, so I have selected a set of images from the beginning when we arrived up to the time it returned to its perch before we left. This bird has left a great memory imprinted on my brain.