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Dishevelled
Comments(10) # Dishevelled london e17

Stormy weather, such as that which we have had on and off over recent weeks in London, sometimes blows in exotic birds. These poor windswept creatures don't usually stay around for long and indeed I suspect most perish soon after arrival either through the stress of the journey or their inability to adapt to the alien habitat. When I first spotted this dishevelled heron at the Walthamstow Reservoir herony I did think that here we possibly had such a weatherling, a Purple Heron perchance rather than the more usual common grey? A quick email of the photos to a friendly and very helpful RSPB contact suggested that it was probably just a rather scruffy immature Grey after all but certainly pretty dishevelled. Perhaps it had just been blown in from South of the river......that's pretty alien for most of us in North London is it not? Of course what I was reminded of most by this episode was, as with the dancing Grebes, to paraphrase Roy Scheider in Jaws, that "you're going to need a bigger lens". Look at this nice Canon 800mm IS beast..... Canon EOS 40D
400 mm
400 ISO
1/800 sec
f 5.6
Flash: Not Fired