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Green Heron

Butorides virescens

Description:

From a distance, the Green Heron is a dark, stocky bird hunched on slender yellow legs at the water’s edge, often hidden behind a tangle of leaves. Seen up close, it is 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. They sometimes lure in fish using small items such as twigs or insects as bait.

Notes:

I've been wanting to see one of these in real life ever since I saw a picture of one. It is gorgeously colored with distinctive patterns, something you might expect to see in asia. Real eye candy.

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2 Comments

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

I haven't seen that behavior yet. Definitely something to look forward too :) Keep looking out!

I love them too. I used to see them regularly when I had time to bird, but since I have been carrying my camera around with me, I haven't see one. I love watching them hunt from a low branch over a pond or stream.

Josh Asel
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Josh Asel

California, USA

Spotted on Jan 14, 2014
Submitted on Jan 31, 2014

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