Tag Archives: Green Heron

Green Heron on a Branch

A lot of vegetation at the edge of the ponds is thick and tall as we go into the height of summer, obscuring a good view of the smaller herons as they forage.

Green Heron
Green Heron

I was able to peak through some tall grasses at this Green Heron after he hopped up onto a dead branch hanging over the water.

Green Heron
Green Heron

I moved a little further along the path and the Heron took up a different position on the branch, and the water in the background took on a different hue.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Green Heron, Rippled Water

Before the Green Heron from my post On The Hunt found a hunting spot he posed on a limb from a falen tree sticking out of the pond. There was a light breeze and the water was creating a

Green Heron
Green Heron

Green Herons tend to be shy and I expected him to take off any moment.

Green Heron
Green Heron

From that stubby perch he surprised me and flew to a spot a bit closer to shore where he showed off his goofy head feathers and long beak.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Green Heron

The Green Heron from Saturday’s post fished awhile then took off for more private quarters.

Green Heron Flies Away
Green Heron Flies Away

He wasn’t going very fast and he rounded the tree that up until a month ago was full of juvenile Great Egrets.

Green Heron Flies Away
Green Heron Flies Away

Green Herons are generally shy, and as expected he landed in a spot that was partly shielded from my view, which he had all to himself.

Green Heron Hiding in Spanish Moss
Green Heron Hiding in Spanish Moss

Green Heron Walking the Plank

We’ve had a tremendous amount of rain over the last month and the ponds are all full making wading for the short birds a little harder. A few trees have fallen into the water giving the Green Herons some nice hunting perches.

Green Heron
Green Heron

This Heron was trying to figure out to get down closer to the water, strutting along with great deliberation.

Green Heron
Green Heron

His strut gave me some nice views and when he actually got down to the water there were too many branches to get a shot.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Green Heron Stalking Lunch

Slowly, slowly a Green Heron inched along a log and finally moved into a small patch of sun for a well lit photograph.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Herons are known for their patient hunting and this one had the routine down.

Green Heron
Green Heron

With less patience than the Green Heron I put my camera down when he stood up a bit thinking he had given up on whatever he was stalking. I should have stuck with it another 20 seconds.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Bam, a large frog became lunch but was not to be photographed as heron with frog disappeared into the dark underbrush.

Juvenile Green Heron

This juvenile Green Heron was just sitting in the water. He eventually splashed a little, but he seemed content just to be wet on this hot June day.

Juvenile Green Heron
Juvenile Green Heron

This pool is part of a pond / fountain system of moving water in a Charleston city park. This tree is at the edge of a small island in the pond that houses a Green Heron rookery. The water is cloudy so you can’t see bottom to tell what color it might be painted but may be the cause of the odd color.

Juvenile Green Heron
Juvenile Green Heron

The heron eventually climbed out of the water and shook off before settling down in the shade.

Juvenile Green Heron
Juvenile Green Heron

Sony Alpha-6500, Sony 55-210 MM lens

Green Heron

It was a treat to see this Green Heron out in the open doing his exercise routine. Usually a bit shy, I more often see them tucked into some underbrush.

Green Heron
Green Heron Wing Stretching

He was working his wings when I first spotted him then he moved on to his neck.

Green Heron
Green Heron stretching his neck

I thought we was going to plunge into the pond below,  perhaps for a snakc. But he returned upright, leaving fishing for another time.

Green Heron
Green Heron