A small, stocky wading bird, the Green Heron is common in wet spots across much of North America. It can be difficult to see as it stands motionless waiting for small fish to approach within striking range, but it frequently announces its presence by its loud squawking.

This shot was taken at the North Pond in Lincoln Park.
Chicago, Illinois


  • Adam Bykowski
    Adam Bykowskiover 5 years ago

    I spotted this in the six photos that come up when I check into “My Bubble” and I actually thought, " I hope that is John Absher’s photo". I thought that because I wanted it to be yours. That was my first reaction. That was my first thought. I don’t know why I thought that. I love this shot. It’s sharp. It has a wonderful feel from the rule of thirds in the “golden mean”. Plus the color is beautiful. Great image John.

  • Hey Adam … thank you so much for your very flattering comments. I greatly appreciate it for sure. It was particularly rewarding that you noticed the composition and adherence to the rule of thirds. Birds don’t always allow the opportunity for that, but this guy was extremely cooperative and did allow me the time to compose my shots. The light was perfect, his eye was clear, wind minimal, and he stood perfectly still while I got several good shots.

    – John Absher

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartover 5 years ago

    This is really wonderful work John. – Dennis

  • Thank you very much Dennis. Your kind words are greatly appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    A lovely shot

  • Thank you very much as always Jesika!!

    – John Absher

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoover 5 years ago

    Nice sharp shot.

  • Thank you very much Mark. Greatly appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • ChuckCheatham
    ChuckCheathamover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture John. Straight to Favs

  • Thank you very much Chuck. Glad you liked it and appreciate you taking the time to let me know!

    – John Absher

  • Delany Dean
    Delany Deanover 5 years ago

    Lovely job! I love green herons, and have a couple of similar shots, but not quite so close; when I first saw this, I thought I had uploaded one of mine! But yours is a lot better. These guys are hard to capture!

  • Thank you very much Delany!! Generally speaking, I have also found it considerably more challenging to get this close to one of these guys. Not only did this one just sit there while I was able to take several different shots/poses, but the light was just about right to bring out colors I never even knew they had. This shot is not cropped at all either … that’s how close I was fortunate enough to get.

    – John Absher

  • RandySpencer
    RandySpencerover 5 years ago

    I can see that he is great, because you took such a great picture of him. Good Job!

  • Thank you very much Randall … greatly appreciate it!!

    – John Absher

  • RandySpencer
    RandySpencerover 5 years ago

    Oh! He’s not a “Great Heron”, he is a “Green” Heron. But I still think he is great.

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreabout 5 years ago

    This is great nice comp, color sharp, just beautiful

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camilleriabout 5 years ago

    great colours and composition, stunning capture!

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