Grey Herons fishing in deep water

On 26th March 1972, at Combermere, Cheshire, I observed a Grey Heron Ardea cinerea flying across the deep centre of the mere at a height of 10-15 m when, suddenly, it drew back its wings and gradually began a vertical descent, while simultaneously lowering its legs until they were half submerged. Then, with its body still completely clear of the water, the bird


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