The delightful Green Herons


I am having problems lately trying to decide what to post on my blog.  I haven’t been getting out as much as usual these cooler months, so therefore I don’t have new photographs as often as usual.  My wife even complained about the blog yesterday about the Northern Cardinal.  She said it was too short.

Today, I am going back to the archives again.  I don’t remember the last time I wrote about the Green Herons, (Butorides virescens).  They are the shortest of the herons at only 19 inches in length.  But they are delightful to watch.  When they are intent on their hunting, they are almost oblivious to anyone near.

About three years ago, we had our annual Water Lily Festival, at the International Water Lily Garden here in San Angelo, Texas.  There were about 200 people, including city dignitaries, in attendance.  There are five large pools of blooming water lilies from all over the world.  But what stole the show, was a pair of juvenile Green Herons that flew in and started to flit among the water lily pads looking for minnows, etc., much to the delight of the large crowd.

This is a collection of photos that I have of these herons.  Some were taken at that celebration.  Others are from around the San Angelo area.

Green Heron - juvenile with tiny fish

Green Heron - juvenile

Green Heron - adult

Green Heron - on log in river

In the above photo, what appears as little spots are actually little highlights of water in the river.  I was looking down at the heron from about six feet above him.

Green Heron - juvenile on large water lily pad

There you have it.  I hope you enjoyed these photos of the Green Herons.  Click on any of them for enlargements.