The Green Heron (Butorides virescens) is a small heron of North and Central America.
A solitary and secretive bird, the Green Heron is stocky, dark colored, and small for a heron. The adult Green Heron has a dark rufous neck, gray belly, and dark, iridescent, greenish-blue back. The upper mandible of the bill is dark, and the legs are bright orange. The juvenile has a brown-and-white streaked neck, slight crest on its dark head, and prominently light-tipped wing coverts. Yellow spectacle-shaped markings surround the eye and extend to the bridge of the bill. These markings are present, but less pronounced, in the adult. This guy was quite the fisher, and a stalking machine... A stealthy perch, and blending in within the mangroves, was almost a "miss" for me.. only happen to notice , when i saw the strike, and capture of a small unsuspecting fish... Just a sample of the Everglades natural habitat captues..... check out the rather large ant that was running up and down his legs, almost looked like the two were enjoying a tolerable / symbiotic relationship.
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