It's probably easy to guess why I showed this. I liked the "snake-skin-like" markings all down the Heron's throat.
Ideally, you would want to see the bird as I did, tucked away at the end of a small isolated pond hunting for frogs and whatever else. That would give you the real atmosphere and spirit of the scene: the isolation, the quietness, the wildness - ironically, a piece of total wildness in the middle of one of the most densely populated areas of the British Isles.
However, the camera cannot capture that wild, isolated image. All you would see is a spread of water with a tiny "something" standing at one end. This photo needed a 400mm telephoto.
There are many Herons around the Richmond area, along the river and in the Park. That is a good sign that wild life is thriving. Whilst "hunting" this Heron I also saw a hawk - another good sign.
Camera: Olympus E3. Lens at 400mm equivalent. P Auto selecting ISO 320. 1/250 sec.