I was sitting at my desk at work, when I looked out of the window, and high up in the oak tree outside was a white bird. A big white bird. I had no idea what it was.
It looked like a heron, but herons aren’t white, and it looked a little shorter than a heron. Fortunately, Simon recognised it, as he’d seen them before in Dartmouth – it was a Snowy Egret – a small white heron.
(Here’s the photoset on Flickr in case the slideshow above doesn’t work for you.)
It stayed in the tree, preening itself and relaxing, for maybe an hour and a half.
This was the first time I’ve regretted switching to carrying just a pocketable Panasonic Lumix (Search for "Panasonic Lumix" on: DuckDuckGo, Amazon UK, Amazon US), rather than my Nikon D90 (Search for "Nikon D90" on: DuckDuckGo, Amazon UK, Amazon US). I regretted it a lot. I carried the Nikon for a couple of days afterwards, but it didn’t return.