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“The Green Heron (Butorides virescens) is a small heron of North and Central America. It was long considered conspecific with its sister species the Striated Heron (Butorides striata), and together they were called “Green-backed Heron”. Birds of the nominate subspecies (no matter which taxonomic arrangement is preferred) are extremely rare vagrants to western Europe; individuals from the Pacific coast of North America may similarly stray as far as Hawaii.

The Green Heron is relatively small; adult body length is about 44 cm (17 in). The neck is often pulled in tight against the body. Adults have a glossy, greenish-black cap, a greenish back and wings that are grey-black grading into green or blue, a chestnut neck with a white line down the front, grey underparts and short yellow legs. The bill is dark with a long, sharp point. Female adults tend to be smaller than males, and have duller and lighter plumage, particularly in the breeding season. Juveniles are duller, with the head sides, neck and underparts streaked brown and white, tan-splotched back and wing coverts, and greenish-yellow legs and bill. Hatchlings are covered in down feathers which are light grey above and white on the belly." Wikipedia

Nikon D300
ISO 400
EV 0.00
Pattern Metering
No Flash
550 mm
WB Sunny


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  • helmutk
    helmutkabout 4 years ago

    Nice capture !

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot!! How long did you lay in hiding?

  • Actually we got very lucky today with this one, we saw it fly into the area we were at and walked over to where it was and it stayed for about a half hour. Little piggy took 5 frogs during that time

    – Michael Cummings

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...about 4 years ago

    fantastic shot Michael. What a beautiful bird

  • Thanks Dave, it is my favourite heron

    – Michael Cummings

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    Well you can’t ask for better co-operation. Must be healthy water if you have frogs. Nice to hear.

  • This lake has three types of herons in it so must be a lot of life in it

    – Michael Cummings

  • Daniel  Parent
    Daniel Parentabout 4 years ago

    Nice shot Mike; I’m finding these hard to find so far!

  • I have seen lots just usually their back end as they fly away

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 4 years ago

    Excellent shot!

  • Thanks Rick

    – Michael Cummings

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsabout 4 years ago

    excellent image

  • Thank you very much

    – Michael Cummings

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray

    – Michael Cummings

  • Els Steutel
    Els Steutelabout 4 years ago

    Don’t think I ever saw a Green Heron over here in The Netherlands, (s)he is beautiful, well captured!

  • I think they are just in North America

    – Michael Cummings

  • BekkaLynn
    BekkaLynnabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture off such a beautiful bird!

  • Thank you Bekka

    – Michael Cummings

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