If you’ve been in the sights of a heron’s alert and beady gaze, as he picks his way delicately through mud or field, you will feel how apt this is. This lovely phrase deserves to step quietly and elegantly into common usage. ‘Attentive as a heron.’

Source: Kevin Crossley-Holland, ‘The Remit of Love’, The Breaking Hour (London: Enitharmon Press, 2015), p. 17

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