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“The Green Heron Butorides virescens) 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, light grey above, and white on the belly.

The Green Heron’s call is a loud and sudden kyow; it also makes a series of more subdued kuk calls. During courtship, the male gives a raah-rahh call with wide-open bill, makes noisy wingbeats and whoom-whoom-whoom calls in flight, and sometimes calls roo-roo to the female before landing again. While sitting, an aaroo-aaroo courtship call is also given." Wikipedia

Taken in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nikon D300
1/400
F6.7
ISO 500
EV -0.67
Pattern Metering
No Flash
600 mm
Monopod
WB Sunny

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birds, climate change, ecology, habitat, heron, nature, ponds, streams, swamps, wetlands

Comments

  • Jordan Miscamble
    Jordan Miscambleabout 3 years ago

    LOL! I’m still giggling after 5mins! And you’ve captured it beautifully!

  • Thank you very much Jordan

    – Michael Cummings

  • Mark Batten-O'Donohoe
    Mark Batten-O'...about 3 years ago

    I with you on that Jordan, I can’t stopped giggling – the expression on that bird is incredible – you couldn’t plan that!! awesome capture Michael!

  • Thank you very much :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamabout 3 years ago

    Wow what a shot! Amazing timing and beautiful photo!

  • Thank you very much, Damienne

    – Michael Cummings

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyabout 3 years ago

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    Great catch!

  • Thank you very much for the feature, Robert

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    Oh, Michael, this is just precious! He is providing his own shade…also his own umbrella in case it rains! So much to imagine with this adorable shot! Great work!

  • Thank you very much, Aunt Dot :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonabout 3 years ago

    Hilarious!

  • Thank you very much, Kim

    – Michael Cummings

  • Richard Williams
    Richard Williamsabout 3 years ago

    Excellent photo!!

  • Thank you very much, Richard

    – Michael Cummings

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesabout 3 years ago

    what a stitch, michael! you’ve captured him perfectly!
    best,
    v

  • Thank you very much, Victoria

    – Michael Cummings

  • Jeannine St-Amour
    Jeannine St-Amourabout 3 years ago

    This is excellent Michael…. love it!

  • Thank you very much, Jeannine

    – Michael Cummings

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

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