Harry the Heron
Walking to and from work can be a drudge.
Walking by or preferrably through a green space, can lift the mood and is probably a bit better for the ould lungs! I am lucky to have 3 possible green areas to traverse depending on the path chosen. St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin is one of those and it should already be clear from previous posts, how much I believe it benefits the city and its people.
One of the things that ‘amuses one’ is playing ‘Where’s Harry?’ Harry is a Grey Heron that is commonly seen in different areas of the park and finding where on a particular day is the aim. OK, it mighn’t be rivetting but it beats listening to the news on the radio. Also there could be 100 different Herons but if so they are all considered to be Harry:)
Sometimes he is in the open and easy to find.
Other times he could be somewhere in the large Willow Tree or at the edge of the stagnant end of the pond, at the SE, Baggot Street end.
Harry may not be around every day but he can often be seen although sometimes hard to find.
Other common places include the rocks under the viewing point at the West end and the rocks on the NE side of the bridge. In both of these places he can be very close.
Looking around the rocks a metre or two from the pond’s edge in the middle of the park (S side of the pond) can also be fruitful.
Inactive can be a common theme for Harry, perhaps having a post-breakfast rest.
However if you have time or are lucky, some typical behaviour can be observed.
This includes preening – the systematic cleaning of feathers to keep them waterproof.
Herons can make quite a racket and Harry makes himself very obvious when he calls out.
You may even see him catch a fish – yes there are some fish in the pond and even large eels.
So next time you are in Stephen’s Green, look out for Harry.