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Green Heron

I’ve only seen a green heron one other time while out shooting but this past Saturday morning I had the pleasure of three.  Compared to other herons I’ve seen they are quite a bit smaller and stocky with short legs. There color is quite striking up close, with a green back, chestnut body and dark cap. They occasionally raise there crown feathers which to me, makes them resemble a kingfisher from a distance (of course Kingfishers are a lot different in reality).  Like other herons, they stand motionless for long periods, then strike suddenly, snatching their prey with there dagger like bill.  Click on an image to view a slideshow of a few shots I was able to get.

It was fun while it lasted!

As per my usual Saturday morning routine, I was up early and out to one of my favorite places to take wildlife photos. I knew it was going to be a productive day when the first thing I saw when I arrived at my chosen site were 3 Great Egret! Of course as soon as I was within 100 yards of them they flew off.  I got my self blinded up and waited and waited….and waited. To my delight the Egret returned and brought a Great Blue Heron with them!  I’ll let my pictures tell the rest of the story…….


                                   He’s Getting closer and closer!

DSC_5215 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1400, 420 mm, f 8.0, 1/2000th sec
DSC_5217 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1250, 420 mm, f 6.3, 1/2000th sec

                                     Oh Crap, I think he see’s me!

DSC_5223 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1100, 420 mm, f 6.3, 1/2000th sec
DSC_5227 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1600, 420 mm, f 7.1, 1/2000th sec

DSC_5226 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1250, 420 mm, f 7.1, 1/2000th sec



DSC_5230 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1400, 420 mm, f 7.1, 1/2000th sec

It was sure fun while it lasted! If you enjoyed my post please comment and share with others.  I welcome your feedback.  You can click on each image to view larger.  

Green Heron

Green Heron at waters edge


A solitary and secretive bird, the Green Heron is stocky, dark colored, and small for a heron. The adult Green Heron has a dark rufous neck, gray belly, and dark, iridescent, greenish-blue back. The upper mandible of the bill is dark, and the legs are bright orange. The juvenile has a brown-and-white streaked neck, slight crest on its dark head, and prominently light-tipped wing coverts. Yellow spectacle-shaped markings surround the eye and extend to the bridge of the bill. These markings are present, but less pronounced, in the adult.