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Registered: February 2009
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Old Nog is an affectionate country name for the Grey Heron. This one in Crystal Palace Park, South London.
· Date: Wed April 13, 2016 · Views: 275 ·
Keywords: Grey Heron, Crystal Palace
Camera Make / Model: Fuji XT1
Lens Make / Focal Length: Fuji 55-200mm OIS @ 181mm, 1/800 @ f4.7, ISO 200, - 0.67ev
State / County / Area Image Taken: Crystal Palace Park, London
Country Image Taken
United Kingdom
Processing Software Applications Used
LR 6

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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,707
Wed April 13, 2016 9:31pm

A well detailed image of the Grey Heron but the name Old Nog really threw me for a loop since I had never heard of these birds referred to by this name. So a Google brought me to Henry Williamson and a book by the name of Tarka the Otter... neither of which rang a bell with me but I found the answer to my question... why Old Nog?... in the first lines of the story.


Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Wed April 13, 2016 10:06pm

That book "Tarka the Otter" which was made into a film, was followed by another, "Ring of bright water" both written quite a few years ago now. Being a countryman at heart, I have copies of both. The otter population in the UK was already on the wane at that time and they were on the endangered and protected list for many years but we now have a healthy and widespread otter population that even stretches into city watercourses.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Fri April 15, 2016 11:34pm

Incredible details - right down to the fine feathers on the bottom of his head and beak area. He definitely has dinner on his mind and looks like he's about to go bring it home.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,829
Tue April 26, 2016 12:32am

I have read Ring of bright water but not the other - I must. I am amazed by the patience of these birds, standing there for ages and not moving. Nice shot Vic.

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