Not exactly 'well enough' for photography but lifers are lifers and the fact it was still there was the main thing! Record shots were the name of the game and as usual I overdid it! Given the distance, it was still possible to pick out the key identification criteria!
Here's one in the gorgeous light....
Similar view with the dark cap and prominent arched supercilium
The tail barring showing more white than black
The chestnut crown and supercilium once more.
A post preening wingflap!
A bit of company from (surely not!) a confusion species :-)
A few other birds on the scrape included: Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and a juvenile Sandwich Tern flew in, noisily begging as one parent kept a supply of fish coming..
Speaking of fish, I know everyone is dying to see more Heron images :-) Well, there was one on the scrape and yes - it did catch a fish!
I'll be getting out and about for hopefully one or two more UK ticks during the Autumn and who knows- more Heron pics to come :-)