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Green Heron (predator-prey)

Butorides virescens


A Green Heron spotted in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is eating a male Common Whitetail dragonfly. The backstory: Two male Common Whitetail dragonflies were flying in circles around the Green Heron's head: one dragonfly flew too close to the bird; game over, dragonfly! The Common Whitetail that survived is shown in the foreground of Photo 2; a male Eastern Amberwing dragonfly is shown in the foreground of Photo 1.


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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BobSpader 9 years ago

Geodialist, I invite you to add this spotting to the mission Birds of Huntley Meadows Park at

Geodialist 9 years ago

Thanks to everyone for the favorites and comments! Rob, if you hang out around egrets and herons long enough then you will see them catch lots of prey -- those birds are great hunters! In fact, if Louisa would put down her camera long enough to post some photos on PN, then you will see some great heron-versus-frogs-and-dragons action! ;-)

Arun 9 years ago

cool capture !!

Louisa 9 years ago

Great photos Walter.....this was definitely one of the highlights of the day for me!

harsuame 9 years ago


ForestDragon 9 years ago

This is so neat! Thank you for the story as well.

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Wow! wonderful story and good pictures!

emmysangk 9 years ago

cool, I'd like to see one of these! Nice spot!

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Aug 14, 2012
Submitted on Aug 15, 2012

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