This one was small - even for a green heron. It was completely unafraid and preened as I talked and whistled to it. It allowed 20+ pictures and was still standing there as I paddled away. (There are some real advantages of birding on a kayak!)
The short, stocky looking little herons that seem to have no neck at all, reveal that they actually have quite a long neck hidden inside those feathers when they perch on a branch or reed over the water and stalk a fish
Short and stocky looking heron, usually found lurking along the water's edge, in the reeds, or on overhanging branches...they have a deceptively long neck that they use as part of their speargun-style fishing method
So my friend had rescued two green herons, out of which one passed away sadly.
The other one, Tara, has a broken leg which has set wrong, but he is otherwise healthy and has reached adulthood.
I've been thinking of releasing him at a lake in our city where other water birds and...
Green Heron digiscoped with Zeiss Diascope 85 and Samsung Note 10+. Little bird was pretty cooperative, and sat on this branch for quite awhile. He was roughly 50 yards away, and seemed to almost enjoy being the center of attention.