Weekly Photo Challenge: Green II

One of my favorite greens in nature is the Green Heron- Butorides virescens.  It is a small heron which makes its way around the marshes.  I sometimes see them on my dock but they are most at home in the reedy marshes or fishing from submerged branches.  Their coloration allows them to blend in easily.


They generally seem to have a short neck, as can be seen above.  In fact, it is just carried tucked in until it it time to strike at which time you will see an impressive extension.

The are one of my favorite little birds to watch and photograph.


About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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3 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Green II

  1. Beautiful photo. I bet that bird is happy it’s not a turkey! ahaha.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. chatou11 says:

    Beautiful, I haven’t seen this green Heron before. thanks

  3. Piracetam says:

    The green heron (Butorides virescens) is a study in camouflage. When one of these birds is standing on the beaver dam it blends in perfectly with the local color. You will not see it unless it moves, and neither will the fish it is searching for. But what a flashy bird this is when it’s not hiding, as you can see in the photo.

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