The River Ock is a stream that flows along the Vale of White Horse, mostly through fields and villages, but for the last half mile, before flowing into the River Thames, there is a shady tree lined walk between the houses of Abingdon called the Ock Valley Walk.
There was a heron near the walk today.
The close season for catching fish in rivers runs from 15th March and until 15th June and has ten days to go. This allows the fish to spawn in relative safety and protect fish stocks.
The close season does not apply to herons. This one was waiting patiently, standing still and relying on stealth, quick reactions, and excellent eyesight to catch its next meal.
The bushes and trees along the walk are at their finest in early June. The leaves are fresh and green. Birds are singing in the canopy.
Birds sound so close but, most of the time, they stay well hidden from my not-so-good eyesight.
There are places where the fish can be easily seen in the fast flowing shallows, heading upstream.
They could be feeding on what they can filter from the water. The adults might even be spawning. The heron is at a safe distance away.