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Mr Burns the Grey Heron fishing at Hermitage Basin

By on July 19, 2014 in Photographs, Wildlife

“Is that real?” This is the question our Wildlife Ranger Documentary Photography Team often hears when out photographing Mr Burns the Grey Heron.

Fortunately Mr Burns is too busy standing still and not being noticed by fish to hear rude comments like this. Real? Mr Burns? Of course he is!

Mr or Mrs?

Here is one sequence of photos of Mr Burns having an extended fishing expedition in Hermitage Basin this morning. In all he (or is it Mrs Burns?) speared and gobbled down at least six fish in three hours.

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Same technique, different fish.

 

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Ouch! Who would be a fish?

Although to be honest a quick death like this might be preferable for the Hermitage Basin fish.

Death by suffocation

The water is a vivid green colour because of a lack of oxygen and you can see bubbles across the pond where the fish are coming to the surface in an attempt to get some air.

Last week fish could be seen leaping out of the water.

It’s a pity to see the water at Hermitage in such a state, especially as it is usually so well looked after. If you live at Hermitage please get in touch with Love Wapping and tell us what is going on with the water?

Apparently some years ago the water at Hermitage was connected to the Ornamental Canal and there would be benefits all round if they were reconnected. Sound like a plan?

The many benefits of wildlife photography in E1W

Our entire Wildlife Ranger Documentary Photography Team agree that one of the many benefits of photographing the amazing Wapping wildlife is meeting lots of nice people and having a chat about the birds. Today was no exception (Hello Rebecca, Andrew, Zoe and the other people whose names I didn’t get during the week!) and the Wildlife Ranger Documentary Photography Team was told some very useful information about how the cygnets learn to fly.

 

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  1. Ross Gardner says:

    Hi Mark. Nice images of the heron. I’ve seen it a few times myself. The place seems to attract quite a bit. I have often seen grey wagtail there during the autumn and winter months and, in spite of the dubious water quality, have also seen at least two species of damselfly laying eggs. Do you happen to know who owns Hermitage Basin?

    • Mark Baynes says:

      Thanks, glad you like the photos. Hermitage Basin is alive with all sorts during the spring and summer. Hermitage Basin is private property and is part of the estate that includes the houses and flats to the west side.

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