HUDDERSFIELD is a hot-spot for heron spotters!
The fish eating birds have been sighted across the town with more reports coming in.
Following our articles on Thursday and Saturday about garden ponds across the area being raided by the beaky burglars we have been deluged with more calls.
Latest sightings of the long-legged fish lifters have seen them appearing at new spots in the town snaffling fish to satisfy their avian appetites.
John Toothill, of Kirkheaton, said he was confronted by the sight of a heron making a breakfast of his fish.
The Field Head resident said: "I looked out of the window at about 8.15am and saw the heron stood at the side of the pond.
"I shouted my wife Sheila and then the bird saw us and flew off.
"There were two fish left on the lawn and I managed to revive them.
"But within half-an-hour my wife was in the garden and the heron returned to pick up the fish it had dropped."
John Bakanoba, from Meltham, said he saw the trout-eating terror spying on fish in a neighbour's pond.
He added: "It was there for about 15 to 20 minutes. It hovered for a while, but flew away empty handed in the direction of the Robert Ashton Memorial park which has a lake."
Longwood resident Bob Hobson said his wife had spotted the outdoors outlaw in their back garden in Longwood.
He added: "She said it was like a dinosaur strutting about in the back garden."
World-renowned naturalist Professor David Bellamy, speaking exclusively to the Examiner, said more and more wild animals were coming into towns and cities.
He added: "For a heron a pond in a back-garden is like a ready meal.
"There are many more species coming into our towns.
"I remember when I was young and used to say Good Morning Mr Magpie because they weren't seen that often. Nowadays they are common.
"If we give nature the opportunity then it will seize it."