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Taken in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

“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

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

Comments

  • Richard Williams
    Richard Williamsover 3 years ago

    Wow great capture!!

  • Thank you very much, Richard

    – Michael Cummings

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    1 DAY! 2011/07/15

    Excellent stop-action capture, well done!

  • Thank you very much, Margaret

    – Michael Cummings

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 3 years ago

    Lovely image Michael, love your title. :o)

  • Thank you very much, Josie

    – Michael Cummings

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    Super timing a capture Michael.

  • Thank you very much, Mark

    – Michael Cummings

  • Tibby Steedly
    Tibby Steedlyover 3 years ago

    Incredible shot!

  • Thank you very much, Tibby

    – Michael Cummings

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 3 years ago

    Terrific capture!

  • Thank you very much, Sheryl

    – Michael Cummings

  • M.S. Photography/Art
    M.S. Photograp...over 3 years ago

    Super capture Michael,nice light too,thanks so much for my feature in Top shelf photography,really appreciated!

  • Thank you very much Margaret, you’re very welcome your feature was well deserved

    – Michael Cummings

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