Article and photo by Charly Mann
There is a beautiful secluded small shallow pond in the woods near my house where I occasionally see a Green Heron standing still on a fallen tree waiting patiently for a small fish to come near. When she spots a fish her head will quickly dart into the water to grab her meal.
Green Herons are highly intelligent birds that will often drop insect bait into the water to attract a fish.
Green Heron fishing
Green Herons are only 14 inches long, but have a two foot wingspan. They have a dark blue bill and yellow legs. Their head is dark blue with a small blue crest. Their back and wings are dark gray-green to dark gray-blue. Their neck is chestnut with a white stripe down its center. Their chin is also white. Males and females look the same. Their coloration, silent nature, and motionlessness as they stand near a body of water which is surrounded by grass and trees, often make them difficult to spot.
A heron is a wading bird that walks through shallow water in search of small fish. They have long legs to move easily through the water and long necks to spot their prey. Green Herons are one of the smallest herons in the world.
Green Herons have lived as long as 8 years, but their common life expectancy is half that.