Alert Green Heron At Water’s Edge
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Recently, I photographed a Green Heron posed at the edge of a pond at Sweetwater Wetlands.
The bird stood nervously at water’s edge. Its wariness is evident from the angle of its body and head.
I find these little wading birds to be among the shyest of the heron family. Ordinarily, they are quite high strung and getting a good picture of one of them can be a real chore. They fly at the slightest provocation. However, I doubt if this bird ever saw me. I was standing in deep shade about 15-20 yards from the heron and it never glanced in my direction. Something else that the heron interpreted to be a potential threat had attracted its attention. The bird’s alert posture in these images is evidence of that.
These little herons weigh less than 1/2 pound and they have their share of predators who would make snacks of them. Great Horned Owls and Peregrine Falcons would happily dine on Green Heron as would bobcats and coyotes. Possibly, a large Cooper’s Hawk would attack one of these birds. This bird’s hyper vigilance is probably justified. The bird flew moments after I took these shots.
Images made with a Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, aperture priority setting, ISO 640, f6.3 @ 1/2500.