A Seven image study of a Heron as it rests and hunts for Fish, standing on a stone at the river bank ……
I am always watching
the single heron at its place
alone at water, its open eye,
one leg lifted
or wading without seeming to move.
It is a mystery seen
but never touched
until this morning
when I lift it from its side
where it lays breathing.
I know the beak that could attack,
that unwavering golden eye
seeing me, my own saying I am harmless,
but if I had that eye, nothing would be safe.
The claws hold tight my hand,
its dun-brown feathers, and the gray
so perfectly laid down.
The bird is more beautiful
than my hand, skin more graceful
than my foot, my own dark eye
so much more vulnerable,
the heart beating quickly,
its own language speaking,
You could kill me or help me.
I know you and I have no choice
but to give myself up
and in whatever supremacy of this moment,
hold your human hand
with my bent claws.
I was out early this Monday morning looking for a good start to the week along with having a hunt for a young Heron that I spotted at the weekend.
Each year we get these wonderful birds along the Kings river, county Kilkenny and its also wonderful to stop and photograph each years youngsters….
With the June bank holiday over, I got moving very early this morning to find this young Heron looking for her first fish of the day.
I walked along the Kings river for about half an hour and by the time I returned to the same location as the first photograph she was still looking, the Mallards in the foreground however looked like they had already eaten.
Kilkenny photography by Kilkenny photographer, Nigel Borrington.
Herons nest building at Galway bay.
Nikon D90, nikon 70-300 f3.5-5.6 Vr lens