Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Green Heron

The Green Heron is the smallest of the true herons, and to my eye, the most beautiful.

Green Heron
Folk names for the patient stalker include Poke, Fly-up-the-Creek, and Crab-catcher.

Green Heron
Edward Forbush describes a Green Heron "stretched out flat on a slanting log at a point where it projected from the water. Beneath this log minnows found shelter. The bird rested motionless ...

Green Heron - patiently waiting to strike

... when suddenly it darted its head under water and brought up a wriggling minnow in its bill, and having swallowed it, ...

... remained motionless and ready as before."

Green Heron - ready to strike again
Now that's good birding !!

1 comment:

Wilma said...

Beautiful photos. Green herons can morph into such a variety of shapes; hard to believe that one bird can have so many silhouettes. And their colors can look so different as the light changes. Definitely one of my favorite birds.


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