… our smallest and hardest to photograph member of the Heron family and perhaps the most clever of all our avian subjects. More on the Green Heron:
1- They’re typically found in freshwater habitats and are purely carnivorous with small fish their favorite edible. Unlike their name suggests, they sport bluish feathering over the back & a nice rufus coloration around their neck.
2- Greens prefer areas of relatively heavy cover like reed stands and mangroves. Combine that with their skittish nature and they make life difficult for the nature or bird photographer. “Patience, Grasshopper” would be the phrase that pays for a good portrait of this one.
3- Green Herons are one of the few species known as “bait fishers” meaning that they’ll actually place a small object on the water’s surface as bait only to harpoon with a lightning fast strike the first curious fish that rises in curiosity. They envy of the dry fly purist.
Be patient, explore local wetlands, carry your biggest lens and take your time for the Green Heron. Did you read Monday’s blog post here? You still have time to claim your prize and help create good content for fellow readers…
Coming up Friday- HDR photography explained. By the way as of this morning there is exactly one spot left for a Friday night photography workshop in Naples where HDR, light trails and more will be covered via hands on instruction. Learn the right camera settings, focal points and digital processing techniques for great night photos. I’m collaborating again with my friends at Photography Naples on this class, contact me via email for details and to be one of just five participants… Gordon.
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