For the second time in the space of a few days I saw a heron beside the water in a built-up environment. This time it was the ponds outside Churchill College (one the Cambridge University colleges), not more than thirty feet (10 metres) from the road.
It stood so still that again I thought it might be a model – this time a model put there to decorate the ponds. But then it moved.
Just for a split second I have a disconnect – I simultaneously see it is a living creature, and at the same time see the model move. It is a delicious moment of uncertainty.