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Portrait of a green heron with a small fish impaled on its beak. Based on the where the beak nailed the fish’s head (notice the bulging eye), I believe it’s safe to say the fish probably died instantly with no pain. Click on the image to enjoy a larger view and reflections of the sky in the heron’s eye.

Description: ADULT Has dark green crown, rufous-maroon face and neck, and white running from throat down center of neck and breast to whitish belly. Upperparts are otherwise greenish gray; wing feathers have pale margins. JUVENILE Mainly brown, tinged rufous on face and with rufous streaks on otherwise paler throat, neck, and breast.

Dimensions: Length: 16-22" (41-56 cm)

Habitat: Locally common wetland bird. Summer migrant to north and interior parts of range, present mainly May-Sep; moves south and to coastal districts outside breeding season and winter range extends to Central America.

Range: Eastern Canada, Western Canada, New England, Northwest, Southeast, Florida, Plains, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, California, Texas, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic

Voice: Utters a sharp skeeow call in flight.

Discussion: Small, compact heron. Colorful adult blends in surprisingly well with dappled waterside vegetation. Often perches on branches overhanging water, remaining motionless for minutes on end while waiting for prey such as fish and amphibians to pass within stabbing range. Bill is proportionately long and daggerlike. Sexes are similar.

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I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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  • Paulette1021
    Paulette1021over 2 years ago

    Great Shot !!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Lori13
    Lori13over 2 years ago

    Very nice! Interesting, again to see something I never would have seen, otherwise, in such detail! Thanks!

  • U R most welcome Lori :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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