Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Green Heron/Wild Bird

Green heron (Butorides virescens)

If I had to choose a favourite bird to watch, I'd likely choose the green heron. They are colourful characters. And they are SMART, one of a few animals known to use tools such as bread crusts, string or insects to lure fish.

It's a small heron, a wading bird, frequenting swamps, marshes and streams.

Same heron in different light

Until this one, I had seen only herons with yellow legs. Apparently this is a variety of green heron found in Florida. Hey, it must have heard how great Canada is and decided to visit!

I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

48 comments:

Revrunner said...

Great capture! I've never had a camera handy when I've seen one, usually because I've seen them only from a canoe.

Viola said...

oh, it's big! what a lovely beautiful bird! and its muscular legs!
After having read your words I can figure out how smart the herons are!

So fun they came to visit Canada! hope many more will come :)

Cezar and Léia said...

This heron is cute and your pictures are excellent!
Léia

Buttons said...

A "Snowbird" in reverse cool bird. B

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

awesome bird!! those colors are too cool!! ( :

Kerri said...

Magnificent! I LOVE these birds!

A Garden of Threads said...

They are beautiful birds and make the strangest sounds. Lovely photos.

Sandra said...

they are here in FL, i have only seen one three separate times...

NatureStop said...

Great capture of the Green Heron..very good looking...or is it your photography that makes it look better?:)Have a great day!

Shantana

Jenny said...

Such a handsome bird. Great shot that shows off his markings.

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

Oh he's a pretty one! They usually stand like statues, barely moving when I've seen them. Great set!

Snowcatcher said...

I don't know that I've seen a green heron before, so this was good to see. Now I'll be able to identify them if I ever do see them!

TexWisGirl said...

we've had both yellow legs and orange legs here, too. i was surprised as well!

Karen said...

What a handsome bird, terrific captures!

Susan said...

What a beautiful bird. I am always so amazed at your photos. wonderful

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh it looks like a different bird in the different light EG, I really enjoy your bird shots..I actually was in the right place WITH my long lens today, will post Thursday.

Pearl said...

I don't think we have the green kind around here. I wonder if fish know they're being lured but are powerless to stop themselves from being pulled towards it?

RedPat said...

There was one that spent the summer at the pond in Wychwood a couple of summers ago and it was wonderful to watch him patrolling the area.

Malyss said...

I would have not think that a heron could be so small! I imagine them tall and thin. This one is very unusual to me , but I like its colors (and its cleverness!)

LONDONLULU said...

I love that first shot so much! What enchanting birds - we sometimes spot green herons here but they usually go by in a blur. Beautiful detail.

Elaine said...

Fantastic photos !

Łucja-Maria said...

Lovely photos of herons.
Very rarely I see them in the wild.
Regards:)
Lucia

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great shots. I have never seen one of these,but sure would like to.

HansHB said...

Great serie!
I do love herons!

Sue said...

Such interesting color in those last photos!

=)

Karen said...

Great captures and wonderful birds.

Gary said...

Great capture!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Ken Schneider said...

Nice shots of the Greenie. Watching them hunt can be like watching the grass grow. They can stand motionless for a really long time, then spring into action.

mick said...

Great photos of the heron and the close up plumage is beautiful.

Janie said...

Great captures of this handsome fellow. And I'm impressed with his smart fishing techniques! I didn't know any bird used "lures". Fascinating!

eileeninmd said...

Love the Green heron, they are one of my favorites. I did not know about the leg color so I learned something new today. We usually can see the Green Heron nesting around Maryland in the summer months. great shots!

Terri said...

Both lovely shots, but I like the greenish tint in the first one best!

Rambling Woods said...

Great photos of these clever birds

Jill said...

LOVE that top shot. It's gorgeous!

Stephanie said...

Wow! Great capture! Such nice features up close. Thanks for the treat of looking at these images.

Jack said...

I don't see these very often in Florida and never in Connecticut. I especially like your top photo.

Rose said...

S/he is a beauty. I finally have seen a couple, but no opportunity to photograph them.

kelley jensen said...

beautiful bird

Carletta said...

Love that first shot showing the feather pattern and the colors!
Uh, he might be a long way from home. Vacationing perhaps. :)

DawnTreader said...

Lovely bird and a super shot!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

PRETTY!!!! What beautiful colors in the first photo share. Really shows the details of the back feathering.

Stewart M said...

Herons are one of my favourite sorts of bird - even when they are still, they are worth watching.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

Arija said...

The plumage in the first shot is just wonderfully captured.

edenhills said...

Beautiful bird! You have to love a bird that uses tools to fish. :-)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful shots!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful captures!

Neil said...

Beautiful Heron.

Esther Joy said...

Exquisite! I'd love to follow you around sometime! You get such great photos, and a wonderful variety!

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