GREEN HERON!

Green Heron Massachusetts Cape Ann ©Kim Smith 2015Male Green Heron

What mystery bird, new to my eyes, was I seeing as it cautiously appeared from the knot of tall reeds? Its neck extended like a heron’s, but was smaller in size than even the Black-crowned Night Heron. I caught a glimpse and then waited for movement, and then waited, and then waited some more when the furtive bird at last flew into a tangle of trees where its shape was unfortunately barely distinguishable. I took a few photos knowing they would be far too grainy to post, thinking nonetheless that a photo would be at least useful for a bird id. Suddenly the mystery bird took flight to the far end of the pond, landing at the water’s edge. I stealthily made my way over and for a few moments had a clear view through the emerging grass and cattails and was able to both film and photograph.

The neck of the male Green Heron is a striking chestnut color and the wing backs are a gorgeous velvety deep greenish-blue gray. As usual, the female’s plumage is more subduedly colored. Green Herons begin to arrive in Massachusetts in May, where they will stay through the summer, dispersing southward in September. The heron’s population is concentrated around inland wetlands and coastal marshes.

From reading several species accounts, the Green Heron’s claim to fame is that it is one of the few animals that utilizes tools to capture prey. It will float a stick or bread crust on the water’s surface to lure small fish, tadpoles, and crayfish. Wouldn’t that be amazing to film! Green Heron’s also eat small snakes, earthworms, and insects.

Green Heron Cape Ann Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015

 

7 thoughts on “GREEN HERON!

  1. Jesus you nailed these photos exposure, focus, even with the reeds in the foreground and background and not much contrast for you camera to lock on to. You should be very proud of these on top of the fact that I’d never seen this bird around either.
    Congratulations!

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  2. Exquisite photos Kim! Like Joey says, you got it all right. When you’re shooting in a hurry the focusing can be a quite a challenge with such a layered background.

    Al Bezanson

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  3. Keen eye there Kim – the Heron was blended in pretty well remind me of Larry LittleBird he could glide across items this takes some practice to do; move, stop, look and listen be in-tune with your surroundings for sure …:-) Dave & Kim 🙂

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