September 24, 2014

A world of green

A green heron waiting for a nice frog to come up through the green duck weed.

Butorides virescens

From a distance, the Green Heron is a dark, stocky bird hunched on slender yellow legs at the water’s edge, often hidden behind a tangle of leaves. Seen up close, it is a striking bird with a velvet-green back, rich chestnut body, and a dark cap often raised into a short crest. These small herons crouch patiently to surprise fish with a snatch of their daggerlike bill. They sometimes lure in fish using small items such as twigs or insects as bait.

The oldest Green Heron on record was 7 years, 11 months old.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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