adult (California, USA; 2007-02-17)

Green Heron
Butorides virescens

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: no sexual dimorphism; a small stocky heron with a wide variety of body postures ranging from slouched to stretch-necked; feeds by stalking fish or frogs in shallows or sometimes by ambushing prey while perched on low branches.

adult, dorsal view (California, USA; 2007-02-17)

adult, ventral view (California, USA; 2007-02-17)

adult in flight (California, USA; 2007-02-17)

subadult stalking prey (California, USA; 2007-03-17)
showing crest (California, USA; 2007-03-17) adult in breeding condition, with orange legs (Illinois, USA; 2008-04-23)
adult on aquatic vegeation (Florida, USA; 2007-12-29) sub-adult in flight (California, USA; 2009-09-04)
juvenile (California, USA; 2007-08-26) adult with neck stretched (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-31)
juvenile (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-31) juvenile (California, USA; 2007-08-26)
sub-adult with frog (California, USA; 2007-03-17) sub-adult displaying crest (California, USA; 2007-03-17)