Green Heron, Butorides virescens
Green Heron, Butorides virescens, as their name suggests, are a member of the heron family, and are wading birds that hunt for fish, insects, and other food in or near bodies of water.
They can be very shy, and they love to stay hidden if they can. This can make it a challenge to get a good clear shot of one, at least for me anyway. I spent hours this last summer chasing an entire family of them around, often crawling on my hands and knees in attempts to sneak up on the wary little buggers.
Drats, foiled again!
It could be that they are smarter than I am, for science rates them as one of the most intelligent species of birds. The Green Heron is one of the few tool-using birds. It commonly drops bait onto the surface of the water and grabs the small fish that are attracted. It uses a variety of baits and lures, including crusts of bread, insects, earthworms, twigs, or feathers.
Unlike their larger cousins, great blue herons, green herons usually hold their long neck pulled in tight to body, then when prey is spotted within range, they strike much like a snake, with explosive dart of head and neck.
They are about the same size as crows, and may be even smarter.
On to the photos.
This is number 20 in my photo life list, only 330 to go!
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!