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Green Heron

Butorides virescens

Description:

This is the third heron species I have seen in Aquatic Park. The other two are the Great Blue Heron and Black-Crowned Night Heron. This bird was the smallest of the three species.

Habitat:

Aquatic Park, Berkeley, CA.

Notes:

A small and stocky heron with dark plumage. Adults solid chestnut on neck and breast; juveniles streaked on neck. Wing feathers show distinct buff edges making for a sculpted look. Greenish-yellow cere; white mark below eye. Neck usually held compressed for a neckless look, but can be extended to great length. Legs yellow-green; reddish-orange during high breeding plumage. Eye bright yellow. Photomigrations.com

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6 Comments

misako
misako 9 years ago

@MelissaFerguson: Aquatic Park where I spotted the green heron definitely has a lot of people walking around. Good luck to you too and I look forward to seeing more of your spottings!

misako
misako 9 years ago

Thank you NicoleB!

MelissaFerguson
MelissaFerguson 9 years ago

Misako-Although they still keep a very watchful eye on you. I have noticed that they are less likely to fly away in areas where they are used to seeing people.The first one I saw was near our pond high in the pine trees and he was very skittish but the second one I saw was near a parking lot where there was a ditch that had over-filled from recent rains and it didn't seem to mind me at all! I wish you all the best in your photography and journalism with Project Noah!!

NicoleB
NicoleB 9 years ago

Beautiful!

misako
misako 9 years ago

Thank you Melissa! This is my first spotting of a Green Heron. I was amazed that it did not fly away when I started photographing it.

MelissaFerguson
MelissaFerguson 9 years ago

I love to watch the green heron 'fish'...this is an awesome photo!

misako
Spotted by
misako

Berkeley, California, USA

Spotted on Jan 9, 2012
Submitted on Jan 10, 2012

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