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Green Heron

Green Heron
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 800, Canon EF 2x Extender II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-17 2:14
Viewed: 3889
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Green Heron in Royal Military Canal at West Hythe. Another picture of this very rare visitor I have posted pictures previously.

From Cornell Lab of Ornitology:

Green Heron
Butorides virescens Order CICONIIFORMES - Family ARDEIDAE

A small, stocky wading bird, the Green Heron is common in wet spots across much of North America. It can be difficult to see as it stands motionless waiting for small fish to approach within striking range, but it frequently announces its presence by its loud squawking.


Small, dark heron.
Long yellowish legs.
Long, dark, pointed bill.
Long neck often kept pulled in tight to body.
Legs and neck long, but shorter than most herons.

Size: 41-46 cm (16-18 in)
Wingspan: 64-68 cm (25-27 in)
Weight: 240 g (8.47 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes similar, but female slightly smaller, duller, and lighter.

Flight or alarm call an explosive "skeow." Also make series of "kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk" notes.

Common and widespread. Populations difficult to census accurately, but appear stable.

Other Names
Heron vert (French)
Garcita verde (Spanish)
Green-backed Heron (English)

Cool Facts

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.

The Green Heron is part of a complex of small herons that sometimes are considered one species. When lumped, they are called Green-backed Heron. When split, they are the Green Heron, the widespread Striated Heron, and the Galapagos Heron.

As is typical for many herons, the Green Heron tends to wander after the breeding season is over. Most wanderers probably seek more favorable foraging areas and do not travel far. But,occasionally some go farther, with individuals going as far as England and France.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-17 2:37]
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Hej Pekka,
A great close-up of the Night Heron although maybe a little soft, but I like its pose here and the sharp focus on the eye. Nice natural colours too and well composed.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-17 3:35]

Hello Pekka,
Exposure and focus is spot on!
good front pov with perfect sharpness, natural colour and so much details in it
good photo indeed thanks for sharing
Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-17 6:22]

Hello Pekka,
You were lucky to see this in England! Even better, you took a fine shot of this Green Heron showing all the features with pretty good sharpness and lighting against the rocky BG.
I have seen this in Tobago years ago, but it is much more exceiting to capture it in Europe!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-17 12:23]

Hi Pekka,

A nice shot of this very colorful Green Heron. The shades of blues and browns are lovely. The yellow eye is magnificent. He really brightens up the scene.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-17 12:24]

Hi Pekka. You must have seen as many birds as anyone in England you seem to bring us so many different ones. This one looks ready to fish . Good detail and colours. A bird i would like to see . well done TFs.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-12-17 15:09]

Hi Pekka
This bird is very beautiful. You caught in the right moment. Nice colors and composition, good details.

hello Pekka

excellent close-up shot of the Green Heron
on the heron style typical pose,
fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-17 18:07]

Hello Pekka,
You must be in the Christmas spirit first a RED grouse and now a GREEN heron. Excellent image Pekka with great camera work throughout with splendid results, thank you.

Superb large image of the Green Heron, Pekka.
The green is seen on the legs and around the eye.
The image shows the bird moving but the movement has been frozen into a perfect image -- sharp, clear and colourful.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-18 0:04]

Hello Pekka,
great perspective and capture.
Beautiful colours.
Great work
Have a wonderful day

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-18 14:00]

Another superb shot of this Green Heron.
Very, very detailed.
Excellent colours.
Superb composition.

Very well done, Pekka!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-18 19:58]

Pekka, nice shot with superb focus on the eye. Great clarity and superb sharpness. Ganesh

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-24 11:16]

Hi Pekka

Amazing how close you got to this beauty. I can't believe you saw this in this country. Wonderful colours and markings captured. Well done for getting the shot



Hello Pekka,
Great capture.
Excellent detail & DOF. I like the pose & POV as the bird steps up on the rock..
Well done & Merry Christmas!

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