Whim of the Week – 62

Beauty is cruelty…

Today I passed this beautiful heron sitting on a bridge railing. It hardly even moved!

Only when I got really close and could almost touch it, it turned around and flew away.

Half a minute later I saw it again, after hearing some loud noises from a pair of nearby moorhens. Turns out the heron had gotten hold of one of their newborn chicks. With the chick still alive in its beak, the heron quickly flew away again, and I could only get a somewhat fuzzy picture of all this action.

To some a beautiful bird, to others a cruel predator. Beauty is cruelty…

whimsical (adj.): Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason. Playful or fanciful, especially in a humorous way. (Source: The Free Dictionary)

In an effort to continue looking at the bright side of life in these worrying times, the Whim of the Week series features sometimes funny or unusual, sometimes beautiful or inspiring, but generally whimsical observations I happen to capture on camera during my wanderings around the world.