We'd not been living in this house very long when I opened the bedroom curtains one morning and saw a heron stood on the coal shed roof. I'd never seen a heron so close before and was positively thrilled.
My excitement didn't last however when I went outside later and found loads of dead fish floating in what little bit of water was left in the pond. The heron had waded in to get the fish and punctured the pond lining in the process. There were still quite a few fish left in the murky water at the bottom so then we had the job of fishing them out and keeping them in various baths and tubs while we relined the pond.
After that we put some netting over the pond to keep herons out. Last year this was replaced with a piece of security fencing that you have round building sites, not very pretty but is easy to lift on and off.
Which brings me to these two photos taken today -
Nice chunky icicles where water runs into the pond through the fencing
and a heron spotted in our fieldit looks like it's stood on the gate but it's behind)
Here are a few more photos I took in the snow