Friday, September 18, 2009

Green Heron

This Green Heron is just one of the "fishermen" at the pond. The green heron is classified as a common, stocky, wading bird. It stands 15-18 inches high and is found along creek banks, ponds, marshes and lake edges across most of North America. It is a tool using bird. It will drop it's bait, insects, earthworms, feathers, berries, onto the surface of the water and then grab the small fish that swim too close. It also eats dragonflies, snakes, frogs and small rodents. When fishing it will stand motionless and strike at it's prey by extending it's neck. Their nest is a very loose basket of sticks placed in a small tree, usually over water and if you ever see the nest you will wonder how the eggs can remain in it. He may be classified as common but to me he is a very amazing bird. Photos by Shannon Gritton

3 comments:

  1. I just hope they don't find my fish pond. I love the looks of them though.
    QMM

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  2. you always have such great things on your posts...and I love your photos!

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  3. Where you been girl? Tom wanted me to tell you he got up close and personal with some cockleburs when he was a young boy. He used to milk their cow and the cow would swat him in the face with his tail filled with cockleburs. He hated that cow.
    QMM

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