“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

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Taken in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nikon D300
ISO 1000
EV -0.67
Pattern Metering
No Flash
250 mm
WB Sunny


  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Great capture. He was doing his cranky chicken song. :o) Love this.

  • Thank you very much, Bunny

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured, Michael!

  • Thank you very much, Aunt Dot :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Natureover 3 years ago

    Wow. Amazingly clear and wonderful shot. Seems to be a lot going on… He’s got places to go and lots to say about it too! Great image Michael!

  • Thank you very much, Sylvia

    – Michael Cummings

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Michael!

  • Thank you very much, D&T

    – Michael Cummings

  • Sue Ratcliffe
    Sue Ratcliffeover 3 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful Michael!!!! Fab image!

  • Thank you very much, Sue

    – Michael Cummings

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 3 years ago

    Spectacular shot!

  • Thank you very much, Sheryl

    – Michael Cummings

  • Chelei
    Cheleiover 3 years ago

    Excellent work! Congratulations on your Feature in the Just Fun Group!
    Don’t forget to put this into the Best of the Features Challenge!

  • Thank you very much, Chelei

    – Michael Cummings

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...over 3 years ago

    Awesome capture, congratulations!!!

  • Thank you very much, Cynthia

    – Michael Cummings

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, lovely work.

  • Thank you very much, Andrea

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bevlea Ross
    Bevlea Rossover 3 years ago

    wonderful capture!

  • Thank you very much

    – Michael Cummings

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