Juvenile Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Green Herons have tons of personality so I love to watch and photograph them. This juvenile is hunting on plant material growing in shallow swamp water not far from where I was standing with my camera.
Stretching its neck to see over some plants
It must have heard something because suddenly it stretched upward. Isn't it fascinating how different it looks from the first photo?
Perching on a dry plant stalk
Then it quietly jumped up to get a better view. Notice how the feathers on its crown are raised. I think its looking a bit crazed!
Getting set to jump down to catch a small fish
Before seeing this photo, would you have guessed its wings could reach out this far?
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE