Green Heron #8 & #9


Heron, Green 008

A Green Heron that I found in the Susquehanna River back on May 26th. I have no idea way they call it a green one!

Heron, Green 009

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7 comments
  1. In bright sunlight, that brownish neck patch can appear somewhat greenish. That might be the basis for their name. I photographed a couple in the sunlight that seemed more green than brown. Two nice photos!

    • Thank You for your comment 🙂 I have a couple images were they appear to have a greenish neck but most of the time I’m capturing them with the brownish colored in there necks. The lighting and your placement in relationship to the bird will definitely give you a different out come one day to the next. Most of the times that I find these Green Heron they are on the south side of the river when I make my morning runs down. Weekends I make latter runs down and I can get better coloration’s out of the birds at that time. The Mallard’s necks look greener and the Buntings look blue-er in my images. Nature is full of wonderful surprise to see that’s for sure. Enjoy you evening 🙂

      • Yes, you seem to have experienced the same thing I have in sunlight and lighting changing a subject’s appearance. I’ll dig out the photo I have that I thought was a Green Heron and post it. You can see what you think. I know I was certainly surprised to see one at my location, but over the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to photograph several “loners” that I wouldn’t have expected to be along our portion of the Maumee River that runs through our small city. So one never knows, as you say, about Nature’s surprises!

  2. I found the old photos I had of the Green Heron, and they show the same neck coloration as your pictures, so I guess I misremembered how it appeared when I took those a couple years ago. They aren’t good pictures — not like your gorgeous ones — but I did know the subject was a so-called Green Heron, so I posted them and referred to our earlier conversation. Also, it seems the back feathers are the “iffy” color in question, according to Alsop III’s bird book, “Birds of North America”. Anyway, fun stuff! Nice discussion! :0

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