Yet another gift we got from our stay at Big Bend National Park. We had sighted this Green Heron (Butorides Virescens) a couple of times, but he was always too far away to get a decent image. I was determined to get a photo of this guy. Our last morning at Rio Grande Campground I went to the beaver pond and sat and sat and sat. There was nada, nothing, not a stirring of a bird. The only good thing was there were also few people. It was growing hot and I was about to give up. I said a quick prayer and Abba said “wait”. I waited. In a few minutes here he came. He landed about fifty yard away and gawked, gulped and eyeballed every thing around. He shook his feathers and put up his top-knot and I had my image.
The Green Heron is one of the few tool-using birds. He will drop bait in the water and sit in stoney stillness awaited a fish to take the bait. Amazing† A group of herons has many collective names, including a “battery”, “hedge” “rookery”, scattering” and my favorite a “pose”. So fitting!
Show off your plumage on your journey†††nada te turbe††††††††jim