08.01.2022 My morning with Butorides virescens

AKA Green Heron.

I decided to walk the rail trail this morning looking for frogs.  It was overcast which would be good at cutting down the glare that is sometimes unavoidable on a sunny day with a wet frog. Even a polarizer often fails.  It was a good day for shooting frogs and they will show up some Friday or another.

But the highlight for me, even as a frog lover, was three green herons.  As I walked back toward my car I saw one land in a tree.  But by the time I got the tripod set up it flew after a nice voiding. Guess that’s an argument for losing the tripod.  Anyway, with my tail tucked between my legs I started to the car once again.  After a few minutes a Green Heron landed about 40 feet away in the swamp and this time I was ready. It might have been the same one or not.  Then another joined it and then a third.  When the third landed it scared the second away to the top of a beaver lodge.  But the first stayed and I had a nice time shooting the two in various poses.


Nice tootsies.

There were  lot of small fish swimming around but the heron did not seem interested which was a disappointment.

Keep on truckin, heron.

All were shot with the 5D Mark IV and Tamron 100-400 with a doubler on the tripod.

The light was good for frogs but not so much for feathers.  I was able to bring the heron out of the gloom with Lightroom’s masking and a few other adjustments.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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34 Responses to 08.01.2022 My morning with Butorides virescens

  1. Wally Jones says:

    No frogs but you found some expert frog hunters!
    Terrific photographs, despite the light.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Such beautiful birds… nice shots, Steve!

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  3. Peter Klopp says:

    Great job on capturing the green herons, Steve! Here in the interior of BC, I only know the blue heron.

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  4. Wonderful captures Steve. The detail in the feathers, especially in the last, is amazing!

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  5. Always a good day when you get the Green Herons. Nice shots 😁😁😁

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  6. Now you don’t have to be green with (heron) envy. In these specimens the only green seems to be on the top of their heads. Do any of these herons ever show more green than that?

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  7. shoreacres says:

    These are favorites of mine. There are quite a few around now, and when territorial squabbles break out, they’re loud. I’d always thought they were our smallest heron, but it turns out that honor belongs to the Least Bittern. I really like the sticks as the background; it’s fun to see them in a different environment than the marinas, although their acrobatics on the docklines are entertaining.

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    • A favorite of mine too. The last few years I’ve not seen very many at the swamp but yesterday was a bonus. I usually see them as singles so was surprised to see a couple hanging together. All the fallen branches, many of which were probably placed there by the resident beavers, gave them a few perches and it was fun seeing them hopping from one to the other.


  8. Ann Mackay says:

    The herons are beautiful – but for the frogs’ sakes, I hope they ate elsewhere…

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  9. Littlesundog says:

    Nice work, Steve! We occasionally see green herons in the slough area of the orchard. They’re one of my favorites!

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  10. Very nice Steve! They are fun to photograph as they are looking for a meal!

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  11. Great captures, Steve! I love these colorful herons!

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  12. bluebrightly says:

    I can’t imagine three Green herons! That’s wonderful, I’m happy for you. You just have to be outside a lot and these things happen. The photos are great. I love their bullet shape and intensity – they are serious!!

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