The Green Hunter

May 02, 2014  •  2 Comments

The Green Heron is about the size of a crow, a lot smaller than its cousin, the Great Blue Heron.  As a summer resident, it will breed in Pennsylvania.  The Green Heron prefers weedy wetlands where it can perch above the water and watch for frogs and small fish.  It is known to place small objects like twigs or feathers into the water to attract small fish. 

Photography note: I found this Green Heron along the shores of Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park about 7:30 p.m. on an overcast day.   Based on the distance, I knew I'd be cropping the photos about 50% so the highest iso I used was 640 on my Canon 5D mark III.  This camera handles high iso's very well but noise shows up more in darker photos and severe crops enhance it.  Even at that iso, shutter speeds averaged about 1/80 second causing blur in quick movements.  The subdued evening light, however, made it possible to see the glimmer of its velvet green back and wings.

The non-breeding Green Heron has yellow-green legs but the breeding male has bright orange legs.  Based on that, I'm going to assume the bird in this series of photographs is a male.  This series of photographs was taken across a 20 minute timeframe while the Green Heron was hunting.  Here, he watches quietly.

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Green Heron waiting patiently

 

Sometimes, it looks like he doesn't have a neck.

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Green Heron moving for a better view.

 

S  T  R  E  T  C  H - Wow, where'd that come from?

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Green Heron getting a bird's eye view

 

When he gets excited he will raise his crest.

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Green Heron

 

Crossing a clump of grasses.  The fishing is always better on the other side.  Right?

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Green Heron

 

Sneaking up on me!

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Green Heron

 

Gotcha!  It's not much but it's what they like.

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Green Heron with a minnow

 

Not yet full, he waits patiently for his next course.

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Green Heron

 

The Green Heron caught three little minnows in the 20 minutes I photographed him.  It began to get too dark and he started walking in the other direction, so I called it a day.

Thanks for looking,

Dan


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Willard Hill(non-registered)
Stunning sharp images.
Elena Gomola(non-registered)
The green heron brought a big smile to your face. Herons have bad hair days, too!
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