The video below was shot by me using my superb HIK MICRO OWL OQ35 thermal camera in the pitch black of night, this morning.
I couldn't see anything with my naked eyes, but there's just no hiding from the thermal camera.
Two (roe) deer.
All feeding in a field at night (yes, herons often feed in fields and will eat anything from beetles through worms to small rodents).
They'll need to tonight too... well... if they're going to get out of the rain, that is.
Regarding the forecast, tonight's going to be wild and woolly, just like two years ago (almost to the night)... and I fully expect "our" and "your" toads to get migrating tonight towards their breeding ponds. The conditions are perfect - a wet and warm (over 9C) February night (just after full moon too as it happens).
Good luck little ones... and good luck to us all on Friday when storm Eunice looks set to bring us severe gales, even in the built-up south.