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Green Heron

Butorides virescens


I was surprised how small this heron was. Not more than one foot tall, this was "a striking bird with a velvet-green back, rich chestnut body, and a dark cap often raised into a short crest. These small herons crouch patiently to surprise fish with a snatch of their daggerlike bill." I watched it hunt a small fish.


Small pond in business park.

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Sam10 5 years ago

Its great, theres nothing more satisfying than watching wild animals or events in nature! Knowing that some are too naive to appreciate it! No worries :)

This community certainly has benefited wildlife as well as the people themselves. It's amazing how some animals can sense harmless people. I'm honored when an animal allows me to get a close yet safe distance. Thank you for your comments, Sam :)

Sam10 5 years ago

I think it knew you were on Project Noah, so wasn't afraid!

Thank you Sam! Luck had a lot to do with it I think :) Also, there was a knee-high wall between us that must have made the bird feel more secure.

Sam10 5 years ago

Great photos! How did you get so close?!

Thank you Ava! This little one was only a couple yards away so I was able to photograph it with my macro lens :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

Beautiful series.

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 33.02, Long: -117.08

Spotted on Jan 10, 2014
Submitted on Jan 11, 2014

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