Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pic of the Day

Green Heron, Butorides virescens: Blue Heron Wetlands; Titusville, Florida

Green Heron, Butorides virescens: Blue Heron Wetlands; Titusville, Florida

     Green Herons are one of our smallest herons at eighteen inches in length.  Its habitat preference is swamps, marshes, lakes, ponds and streams.  It has an affinity for a wet habitat with trees and shrubs where it can remain concealed.  Green Herons are often seen perched motionless on a lower branch just inches above water awaiting a passing minnow.
     Of all the herons, the Green Heron is the only one known to use lures to catch fish.   Green Herons often use bread, insects, earthworms, twigs, feathers and brightly colored leafs to bait small fish and lure them within striking distance.
     Green Herons are a widespread species.  They range from the tip of Florida to southern Canada, and from the eastern seaboard to Colorado.  They are also found along the coast of our western states.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1000 second @ f6.3

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