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Green Heron (Juvenile) by Kimberly Chadwick

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Green Heron

This small heron of wooded swamps, streams and ponds is rarely found among flocks of other herons. I prefers to forage in secluded locations, stalking small fish, tadpoles and amphibians from a perch just above the water’s surface.

A cryptic bird, Green Heron is usually detected by it’s alarm call, given when flushed. The species is strongly migratory and may turn up almost anywhere.

VOICE Agitated bird often gives a soft clucking sound; flight/alarm call familiar: a piercing skiew! or skow!

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Green Heron is one of the few tool-using birds. It commonly drops bait onto the surface of the water and grabs the small fish that are attracted.
  • They tend to wander after the breeding season is over. Most probably seek more favorable foraging areas and do not travel far. Occasionally some turn up in England and France.
  • The Green Heron is part of a complex of small herons that sometimes are considered one species. When lumped, they are called Green-backed Heron. When split, they are the Green Heron, the Striated Heron, and the Galapagos Heron.
  • A group of herons has many collective nouns, including a “battery”, “hedge”, “pose”, “rookery”, and “scattering” of herons."

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Comments

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 3 years ago

    Terrific capture Kimberly!!!

  • Thank you so much Tony!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertover 3 years ago

    Great capture, he is certainly on the alert here!!

  • He was the funniest thing I have ever seen in flight. Looked like a roadrunner on steroids…lol! Thank you Bonnie!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 3 years ago

    Great shot, Kimberly. I love your text piece on this very interesting bird. They are rare here, and great finds. I have only ever photographed one bird, and that was several years ago. I have seen them since, but not been able to get close enough for a shot even with a long lens.

  • I got lucky, no doubt about it! I was giving directions to some visitors when this thing flew right over our heads!! All I could get out was “What the hell is that!” The one guy said it is a roadrunner, I said perhaps on crack…lol. It was a thrill to see one this close! Thank you David!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    Amazing image, well captured

  • Thank you Robert so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture!
    He looks a bit perplexed :)

  • I would too! He flew over our heads and landed. Watching us, watching him, it was quite a lucky day!! Thank you Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture Kimberly.

  • Thank you Gabe!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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