Que? The Winged Serpent

William writes:

Any other sightings of a huge heron/crane-like bird in Brockley? I just saw the most enormous bird by my neighbour's pond. This is the only photo i managed to get before it flew away.

Are these guys regular visitors to Brockley?

26 comments:

Georgia said...

I can't see very well in the picture, but I think it is a grey heron. I have seen it often in Telegraph Hill park and also flying over my window on Wickham Road. They are really beautiful.

Matt said...

probably from north london looking for a nice nesting spot

Jason Beattie said...

Yes, seen a heron many times in Ladywell Fields and once, looking rather cold, by the river near Lewisham Station roundabout. Also seen a kingfisher (the bird, not the beer)

bridgetmck said...

Definitely a heron. It may be the one from Telegraph Hill. 

Max Calò said...

I saw them fighting against seagulls in Ladywell Fields. Impressive.

Chris Wheal said...

Regularly seen in Ladywell Fields and sometimes even further down the river near Brookmill Gardens . I have a photo of one in the river by the hospital.

Fighta Pilot said...

Pteradactyl.


Probably from the wrong side of the tracks. 

Ben Bush said...

One of your finer headlines sir.

Tamsin said...

If  he is the one from Telegraph Hill Park do tell him to come home.  Apparently hasn't been seen there for a while.

Once I saw a fascinating thing - a heron flying slowly over Erlanger Road, being mobbed, mid-air, by a group of rooks (or was it a murder of crows...).

I also gather that parents prospect pools for their young and then - when they are adequately fleged - accompany them to their new homes.  Rather like checking out the student digs in advance of signing the guarantee...

Zoe said...

Grey Heron. Seen standing hopefully in the Quaggy by Lewisham Centre and in next door neighbour's pond. Fab innit?!

They're he-ere said...

Something very similar came out of the fog and almost took my head off near the stone circle in hilly fields a while back. Damn near soiled myself.

Greclevoir said...

Grey heron. Quite common in Brockley. Expert at negotiating its way around trees and spotting our small pond, from which it takes a few frogs.

Ladyfelicity said...

I see a few round the cemetery quite often, sitting on roofs and terrifying the magpies.

Aztec said...

It is Quetzalcoatl and it will wreak havoc on the frogs of Brockley until the gods are appeased.
 

Gabadabadoo said...

Heron regularly raid ponds in SE London - probably not worth investing in valuable Koi Carp! - stick to newts n sich - more interesting anyway.

Anon said...

A heron used to be a regular visitor to Forest Hill, it was funny to look out the window and see a heron perched on a roof opposite.

Gema Neko said...

A grey heron used to frequent Brookmill Park, normally seen paddling in the river Ravensbourne and sometimes sharing the duck pond with his feathered friends. Could it be the same one? Or perhaps there are more in the area? Grey heron's are known to establish themselves in urban areas - especially if there is an easy meal in the offing!  

Jim said...

Stopped off and had lunch i.e. the goldfish in our garden pond this afternoon......Breakspears Rd.

JP said...

Heron. Seen several times in Deptford Creek from Ha'penny Hatch footbridge.
Sometimes there are two. The people in the Creekside Discovery Centre (adjacent) know all about them and other local bird sightings. Nice people, worth a visit but don't drive them mad!!

Frederick said...

He's a Telegraph Hill brother

AliP said...

Grey heron.  Beautiful.  They won't eat your children, but they might sample a goldfish...

Hunteralyson said...

One ate all my next door neighbours gold fish it was a heron

Brockleyman said...

He/she could be the same one i sometimes see sitting on my roof looking at my pond hoping to catch a fish or two!

Panda C said...

The large bird seen atop trees by the Railway arch in Crofton Fields was identified as a Shag.

Brockley Dogging Society said...

If anyone would like to join us in viewing Shags, Thursdays at 8 near the Bothy. 

NAT said...

No doubt from a brief glimpse through a grimy window. Would you admit now for the court of public opinion that you actually use reading glasses and that the bird, if any, was as likely to be a bittern, (produces chart of freshwater waders); Now can you be sure,.... and by sure, I mean what the ordinary person night mean by that term or Tern, if you will allow. Can you affirm without any shadow, perhaps a shadow cast by great wings blocking out the sun in an already low light situation, that my client, whose exemplary home life is attested to by witnesses, or a witness, who attests to its great care for its offsprings education and livelihood, that it was this bird and not any other bird, if any, that ate your neighbours goldfish.

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