The Green Heron (Butorides virescens) is one of four herons found in Florida, the others being the Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron and Tricolor Heron.
This small wading bird (19 inches) is a still hunter, found waiting in ambush on the edges of marshes, ponds, lakes and rivers…both fresh and salt water.Here’s a great video of a Green Heron using a piece of bread as bait in order to catch small fish….what an intelligent bird!!
A year round resident of the Sunshine State, Green Herons are found all throughout the Eastern U.S., on the West Coast and into Mexico, Central America and the Northern tip of South America.
Steven Scott is a photonaturalist blogger based in Florida and Maine. He has surveyed butterflies with Earthwatch Institute in the mountains of Vietnam, tagged juvenile snook with Mote Marine Laboratory in the mangroves of Florida and filmed a BioBlitz insect survey in Acadia National Park. A registered nurse and retired Army officer, Steven believes man is an integral part of nature and travels annually to Vietnam with humanitarian medical teams from Vets With a Mission.