Green Heron by gaylewood

Green Heron

I went kayaking today and in a secluded area off the main lake I spotted two egrets and this green heron. The egrets flew off immediately but this heron stayed around long enough for me to get my camera out and take several shots. This was my first "bird spotting" experience while kayaking so I was quite excited and since the water was calm in this secluded area I wasn't nervous at all about getting the camera out for photos.
I spent quite a while researching online and hopefully I am correct in identifying this bird as a Green Heron. I wondered about the colors initially but it did match the online photos and I also found a short (27 sec.) YouTube video of a green heron in East Texas and as it walks in the water you can see the same back, crown, and neck coloring as in this photo. Here's the link to the short video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmdfbaoBlQ4

Thank you all so much for your comments and favs on yesterday's Bee on Firewheel photo and also Wet Grass Bokeh. I truly appreciate each and every comment and fav! Little by little I'm catching up with my commenting for the days I missed . . . my goal is to be totally caught up tonight before I retire for the evening.

2018 Photo Journal, Day 127
What a wonderful find out on the water - he's so pretty - would love to see one of these heron.
May 9th, 2018  
It looks like the one in the clip! I’m so impressed you took a photo from your kayak, congratulations!
May 9th, 2018  
Well spotted. A wonderful shot. I posted a Black-crowned Night Heron yesterday (but on the April 30th page). I think Herons are such interesting and photogenic birds, though the Green Herons don't seem to make them available quite as much as the others.
May 9th, 2018  
What a beauty, I would so like to see one myself.....happy kayaking with your camera Gayle.
May 9th, 2018  
What a great capture!
May 9th, 2018  
Well caught! He’s quite a beauty!
May 9th, 2018  
Really amazing you were able to do this from the kayak. I've never seen a green heron.
May 9th, 2018  
Such a great capture of this wonderful bird. It definitely looks like the one in the video.
May 9th, 2018  
Well spotted. Great focus.
May 9th, 2018  
Very sharp image, especially considering you took this from your kayak! Nicely done. I do remember seeing a green heron at Brazos Bend State Park a few years back. On first glance, I stupidly thought yours had a dark stripe on his back, but then realised it was a shadow!
May 9th, 2018  
Well spotted, what a gorgeous bird. I love his yellow eye. A nature photographer friend of ours once said, get the focus on the eye and the rest just falls into place. You have nailed it with this shot.
May 9th, 2018  
How very brave to be paddling and how very wonderful to get close to this handome birdie.
j
May 9th, 2018  
This bird has lovely colours!!
May 9th, 2018  
Nicely captured, especially the eye.
May 9th, 2018  
Terrific capture :)
May 9th, 2018  
Lovely bird. Good capture
May 9th, 2018  
Excellent capture
May 9th, 2018  
Super catch and focus
May 9th, 2018  
It's a beauty Gayle. I had to smile that you had your camera tucked in the Kayak with you, using it must take some doing :)
May 9th, 2018  
Amy
Gorgeous :)
May 9th, 2018  
Oh what a different heron!
Great shot!
May 10th, 2018  
@jamibann I've never been to the Brazos Bend State Park but I checked out the website and it certainly has a lot to offer. I'll definitely keep it in mind for future excursions. :-)
May 10th, 2018  
Amazing shot. Well done!
May 10th, 2018  
His color is so striking!
May 10th, 2018  
WOW, beautiful bird...Fav
May 10th, 2018  
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