Large Heron seen on three visits to Skilts

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Large Heron seen on three visits to Skilts

Postby ThinkTurbo » Wed May 14, 2014 9:37 pm

I've reported this coramant heron now, as I pulled a quite poorly f1 out about three pounds and been well attacked. I've reported it to the association which was on the poster in the hut at skilts.
Hopefully pop down for a fish on Friday if I can finish early Friday... Roll on the river season tho
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Postby Azz25 » Wed May 14, 2014 9:50 pm

Was it a cormorant or a heron?

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Postby ThinkTurbo » Wed May 14, 2014 10:11 pm

A heron is a large bird, looks a bit like a flamingo but white with black streaks, there massive in size tho, eat fish like it's going out of fashion.
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Postby Azz25 » Wed May 14, 2014 10:23 pm

I know what a heron is :lol:

Aren't they protected?

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Postby ThinkTurbo » Wed May 14, 2014 10:33 pm

No, the angling trust hates them, you must report them if scene. I live near arrow valley lake and Iplsey pool, there always sitting on the houses.
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Postby hurricane » Thu May 15, 2014 12:37 pm

If this is the bird you are seeing,its a heron,they are 100% protected.
They do eat fish but are not considered to be a major problem on most fisheries(garden pond/pool owners do have a problem with them eating koi and goldfish)they are capable of taking fair sized fish but tend to wade the shallows and survive on smaller fish and frogs etc.
Cormorrants are the enemy and are normally seen diving and chasing fish underwater and then roosting with outstretched wings drying off(not to be confused with grebes which are also not considered a problem on most waters.)
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Postby Peter G » Thu May 15, 2014 3:17 pm

In Great Britain the heron is protected at all times under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, with fines or prison sentences available for anyone killing or attempting to kill one (see A brief guide to birds and the law, linked from this page, for further details). The heron is also protected under the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985.

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Postby ThinkTurbo » Thu May 15, 2014 8:00 pm

Yes this is the one I've scene. His names skilly from skilts pool ha ha
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Postby Azz25 » Thu May 15, 2014 8:15 pm

You will find them on pretty much all pools at some point, they do no harm.

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Postby larry Teepot » Wed May 21, 2014 8:54 pm

i did the 7 minute walk to the pool taking it very easy.....sadly for me i wont be pushing barras up there....but what a nice looking pool i had a good look round seen no sign of cormorants. the water was quite murky and plenty of fish boshing about bubbles everywhere although i wont be fishing it i will be walking it a lot some proper bird life up there.....another great value venue even with out fishing it....
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