Posted by: chiarraigrrl | May 9, 2010

the heron that followed me home…

Went for a bit of a wander in the sunshine yesterday around by Rathfarnham Castle, which was fabulous (of course!). Good crowds at the children’s playground, and quite a few people out walking or playing on the grounds. As I was lounging around by the lake, a grey heron turned up and, after joining in taking bits of bread alongside the ducks, came over by me as if to see what I was up to (taking photos of it, of course).

Grey Heron at the lake at Rathfarnham Castle 10

I love herons. Always have, ever since I read the series of books that includes Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt when I was a kid. Gorgeous birds. After hanging around by the lake watching the heron for a bit, the heron took off and I moseyed on around the castle, which is spectacular.

Rathfarnham Castle 8

Wandered down to the Dodder to walk up around by Bushy Park, as is my wont, when lo and behold, who did I spy on the river but none other than “my” heron…

Grey Heron on the River Dodder 5

Our paths seemed to be following the same route – I wandered up a bit, he flew along… He flew onward, and I ran across him again further up the river, all the way up to the bridge by Tesco Rathfarnham.

Grey Heron on the River Dodder in Templeogue 2

Then, as we were sitting down to dinner, out the window I saw the heron headed back toward Rathfarnham Castle to the lake, presumably to settle in there somewhere for the evening… Lovely.

More photos here, if you’re interested…

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  1. Ah my girlfriend Liz has seen one around recently too, she wonders if it’s the same one 🙂

    • Quite possibly! I do think there are a couple of them, I know there are regularly one or two around Bushy Park. Gorgeous birds… 🙂


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