Yesterday evening I was watching this green heron fishing in the salt marsh during low tide. Green herons are small, stocky birds that slowly stalk the edges of ponds and marshes searching for minnows and shrimp. They will elongate their necks when striking out for a fish, then compact themselves again to eat their catch. This little heron was doing a fine job last night as I saw it catch quite a few fish!
Great series Phil, excellent nature and wildlife photography.
Thank you Jan I’m glad you liked these green heron photos.
Love the colours 🙂
Very stealthy heron! Fabulous photos!
Despite looking a bit too stocky they are deceptively quick and sneaky!
This is a very clever way to catch the dinner! 😛
He is a sneaky little guy!
He’s a good fisherman. I’m impressed by how the wildlife in your area have food to eat still. It’s wonderful.
He does a nice job out there I saw him catch several fish but he ignored the small crabs leaving those for the ibis who were knocking them back like popcorn.
It’s so wonderful to see how the green heron fishing!
They are fun to watch!
I’ve never seen one of these around here. Perhaps I’m missing them because they’re so much smaller than the egrets and other herons? I’ll need to start paying more attention. Are they about the size of ducks?
We have quite a few around this year, they are fun to see. They smaller then ducks but bigger then a blue jay.
Thanks, Phil. Could be I’ve missed this guy ’cause I was thinking it was quite a bit larger. But you brought me back a fun memory of a nine-year-old instructing my husband that we don’t have blue jays out here “they’re STELLAR Jays!” 😀
That’s very good! 😀
I like the Green Heron and see them often at the local wetland marsh. They are fun to stalk just like they stalk their prey – sneaky-like. They seem less wary too. Nice photos of the bird.
The greenies are cute, fun birds to watch for sure. They can be odd though, most totally ignore people but occasionally you get a skittish one.
A very pretty bird. We have Striated Heron here which behaves in a very similar way but its tough to get close. They fly at any disturbance.
These greenies are fun to watch and photograph it’s just tough to get them with anything but a tiny catch.
I have a gallery of more GH shots here:
Such a beautiful little bird! Was this taken at sunset? The light is perfect!
Great shots of the Green Heron-you captured some amazing details of the small bird. In the marsh that I visit, the Green Herons are just as likely to be picking frogs out of the water as fish.
Yes they like a good frog, but we won’t find frogs in the salt marsh or in the marsh pond either. The swamp is stuffed with frogs though.
He seems to be a clever and successful hunter. Great pics.
He does a nice job out there, glad you like the pics!
He’s such a pretty guy, Phil, and has really got his fishing skills down to a fine art. 🙂
They are cool little birds and they are quite skilled at what they do as well!
Fabulous plumage and all the moves beautifully captured. The water looks gorgeous too.
The greenies are fun interesting little birds. Thanks very much for checking these out.
Your photos made me smile – that’s a cute little bird! With an elastic neck!!
He is kinda cute plus fun to watch!
I’ve never seen one of these before; cute little guy
They are cute fun birds.
I like the colors on this bird! Great shots!
Thanks glad you like them!