A Cooperative Bird

As we come around the corner, a binocular-clad couple tells us that we are about to see a Green Heron in the next pond.  I’m nervous that the flip-flop-flip-flop of Patty’s sandals will startle it.  Maybe we will be lucky enough to see it take off…

But no…  This bird has no fear…  it doesn’t mind putting on a show for group after group of people walking by.

Green Heron

I know that Green Herons are tool-using birds.  I’ve read that they will wiggle bait of various kinds on the surface of the water to lure small fish, which they then nab.  I’m hoping we’ll see some of that action…

We see the stealthy walk and the intense, focused gaze.  We watch as he grabs and swallows tidbit after tidbit… no baiting necessary.

As we watch, another couple joins us… camera-clad this time… They snap pictures, too.

Too bad we all have busy schedules and places to be…

6 thoughts on “A Cooperative Bird

  1. I love Green Herons, but rarely get such good views of them. The only time I did was in the Everglades where we cam upon a nest close to the trail. The babies are so adorable! These are excellent photos. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I have read that green herons use artifucial lures to catch their prey, but have never witnessed it. I’m really going to make an effort to catch them in the act the next time I encounter one.

    Nice post, thank you, I always learn from your adventures.


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