It's hotting up ..............

.......... for the grey herons, at least.  Despite it being a rather fresh day at Abberton Reservoir on Thursday the herons were clearly gearing up for Spring:

Apparently they are a bit of an early nesting bird but I was still surprised to see this level of activity in January!

I love seeing these in flight - well, that applies to all of the heron family, really.

Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.