Along the bank of the river on the Purple/Dun Ui Faolain walk one can come on traces of animal movement especially on soft ground.Here we have the signature footprint of the Heron,often mistakenly called the Crane.I have yet to come on the bird on the bank here but I have often seen the bird upriver and downriver - all we have here are traces.
The Heron is the consummate fisherman,with the patience of Job and the concentration of Becket.
Feeds on Eels,Flounder/Flatfish and other bank and shallows' animals.
Take the time to observe this wonderful bird and you will be rewarded with sights of the wrestling match as it struggles with an eel trying to escape it's beak or the battle to roll a flatfish to effect a swallow!
The bird is extremely territorial and will not tolerate a rival on it's stretch of water.
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