Heron scoots to centre stage at Bath park
Published 22/06/2016 | 17:06
A marauding heron has taken over a coot's nest in the centre of a lake - and is refusing to give it up.
The bird has long lived around the lake at Prior Park in Bath but has recently taken a liking to proudly sitting on top of a stack of weeds in the centre of the lower lake.
The pile was originally a nest made by coots but the heron has staked a claim to the spot and can regularly be seen relaxing on his new island abode.
For visitors on Father's Day the heron's presence provided an extra treat.
"It was a real surprise to see the heron stood so boldly in the middle of the lake," said visitor Jack Barton.
"There's always something different to see at Prior Park, and things like this just make the wildlife and bird watching more interesting."
As well as the heron, visitors to the National Trust-managed lake and garden can see ducklings, coots, moorhen chicks and a family of swans - who are usually the star attraction as their cygnets hatch and grow.