The heron appears to be 'one-legged', but this 'unipedal resting pose' is common to many large wading birds such as herons and flamingoes. The most probable explanation is that the bird is conserving body heat in this pose.
The village of Appleton in Oxfordshire, is home to the company 'White's of Appleton', a contractor for hanging church bells, and which is now the oldest bellhanging company still trading in the UK.
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