The grey heron (Ardea cineraria) is a fairly widespread waterside bird and there are lots of young birds around at the moment, setting up on their own.
Their fishing technique is a bit inelegant at times but if it works it works.
There are about 13,000 pairs of herons in the UK and they are found throughout the country.
Herons suffer badly in cold winters and breeding is less successful in cold windy spring weather. Numbers fluctuate over the years and have declined recently, although the long term trend is an increase. The BTO's Heronries Census is its longest running census.
Although most often thought of as birds of fresh water, herons are happy at the seaside as well.
Here is Thomas Bewick's woodcut of a grey heron from his A History of British Birds published in 1797.
Bewick describes the heron as "of a melancholy deportment, a silent and patient creature; and will in the most severe weather, stand motionless a long time in the water, fixed to a spot, in appearance like the stump or root of a tree, waiting for its prey...".
He also tells us