Green Heron

Today, I was scheduled for a 2PM conference call. Shortly before noon, I was left to decide whether it paid to drive the half hour each way to visit the Wildlife Preserve, which would leave me barely an hour to walk in and photograph before it would be time to start home. Not to mention the risk of getting so involved with photographing that I would fail to notice the time. Having made so little time to photograph lately, I decided to go through the bother and take the chance. While at the preserve I observed that with winter temperatures finally arriving in Southern California, the brush was more sparce than it had been, of late. This resulted in visibility and mobility being just a little bit improved. This led me to walk alongside the stream which had until lately been too overgrown to navigate. Down in a heavy pile of branches, seen here, I thought I saw a long shaped head move, darting forward and back. I moved in slowly to investigagte. My patience paid off, when this adult Green Heron hopped up on this log to hunt for bugs. I have been to this preserve at least a dozen times or more and never seen a Green Heron before. I think it is easily the most colorful bird I have seen there. Grabbing several shots before he flew to a more remote portion of the stream. With my time running down, unfortunately, I could not follow. However, my good luck made me glad that I had decided to make the trek this day. Who knows when I might have a chance to see a Green Heron again. I started back to the car, for the fairly long trip home to answer the Call of the Mild.
What a terrific shot! So glad you decided to go for it. The focus is wonderful to pick up all those remarkable details and colors. Aren't his feet neat? I would love to see one of these herons! Fav
posted February 22nd, 2018  
@milaniet Thank you. I was having focus problems for much of the day and having to manually focus a lot. But these worked out okay. I think that all the details on the wings, made it easier for the camera to focus. As for his feet, they are kind of neet. But if you ever want to see neat feet, look at the foot of the American Coots. They are striped.
posted February 22nd, 2018  
A gorgeous bird! He looks so great on black. We have the Great Blue Herons here, they seem ungainly looking compared to this fellow. So at least this one time it paid off to maximize the hours in your day with a trip to the preserve!
posted February 22nd, 2018  
Great shot. They are hard birds to find. Glad you made the effort and that it was rewarded.
posted February 22nd, 2018  
oh this is a lovely bird indeed :)
posted February 22nd, 2018  
Beautiful specimen.
posted February 22nd, 2018  
You nailed this shot. I can never get this close to these super creatures.
posted February 22nd, 2018  
Great shot, the patterning on it's wing is beautiful :)
posted February 22nd, 2018  
I have never seen one either. Sometimes it pays off to take precious time to do something we really love. Glad you took the time!
posted February 23rd, 2018  
Beautiful shot, great lighting showing the patterning, fav
posted February 23rd, 2018  
Wonderful spotting ...Green herons are such interesting birds! Fav!
posted February 24th, 2018  
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