Darren alerted me to the presence of this dangerous predator in the garden this evening. While herons are beautiful birds, and I don't really mind them coming to the garden, I DO NOT want them eating our Great Crested Newts! That is unacceptable!
The current newt situation is that the male seems to have left (as is to be expected at this time of year) but another female has arrived to take his place. I'm learning about newts all the time: I can tell they're females from the orangey stripe which goes the length of their tail, on the underside.
photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM