On a single stretch of water at Regents Park this afternoon, fully a dozen brassy eyed, sharp beaked herons were lined up by the water. They are majestic, graceful birds. I'd never seen so many in one place. Several were so accustomed to humans that they faced, not the water, but the passers-by - just ten feet or so distant.
The photos here were taken by Anu on her i-phone - you get a sense of the heron's elegance, and its reckless self confidence.
Just nearby, swans were indulging in a courtship ritual, entwining their necks around each other in a very sensual manner.
Everyone stopped and watched, enthralled. Including a family on a pedal boat.
We weren't quite quick enough with the i-phone. So, sorry, no photos of enraptured swans, so more of those proud Regents Park herons instead.
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