Thursday, August 14, 2014

Juvenile Green Heron

Today I released two rehabilitated juvenile Green Herons that had been raised in the WRC Avian Nursery. They flew to a tree on an island and eyeballed the people who had gathered to watch the release. Very nice of them. So many people go their entire lives without seeing these small, somewhat elusive herons. Live well young herons!


15 comments:

  1. So glad they were saved!! What a beauty!

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  2. Gorgeous shot! I photographed one this morning. They're one of my favorites.

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  3. I love these birds and they can be very fast when hunting. I love the colours of this one.

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  4. Thanks, Maria! They're one of the few birds to use tools while hunting, too - pretty cool! :-)

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  5. I just wandered over here from Mia's blog (On The Wing) and what a pleasant discovery! After scrolling though several of your more recent posts, I've bookmarked your site so I can return in the morning and enjoy your older articles with my morning coffee.

    It's pretty neat to see some of your breeding warblers and other migrants on their home turf knowing we're already starting to see some of them here in central Florida as fall migration has already begun.

    Thank you for offering such a wonderful view of Nature!

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  6. Hello Wally! Hopefully you return and see this reply :-) I'm so glad you visited and really glad you left a note because that allowed me, in turn, to find your blog filled with amazing wildlife images. Holy cow! We share a lot of similar passions - love the dragonfly photos!

    Thanks again for visiting and for commenting on here so I could find you!

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  7. I take my hat off to you and the team for the absolutely marvellous job you do in rehabilitating wildlife - it seems that no creature is too humble for your ministrations. I've had a quick run through some of your previous posts and, like Wally, I shall be revisiting very soon to look in more depth. I was absolutely flabbergasted by your work on the Herring Gull with the broken leg - at first I thought the piece of metal inside it was an arrow on the x-ray image pointing to some problem with the spine that I couldn't see!!

    Keep up your wonderful work - you have my deepest admiration!

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  8. Thanks so much, Richard. I just finished showing off your cute owls to my friends :-)

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  9. As you say, it's beautiful bird as are most. Such a shame that people go around with their eyes closed to nature. By the way Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) is THE buzzard in the UK.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Phil. It's fascinating in such a precise world of ornithology "buzzard" is so generic. Going to have to research this more... :-)

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  10. Wonderful bird - its neck looks way too long for its body.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. I hadn't thought about that, but it does, Stewart! Usually they're all humpy-necked - they look like Marty Feldman in "Young Frankenstein." :-D

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  11. Nice outcome! We had one that got caught in fishing line and was found hanging by its feet, head down. Luckily a rehab friend got to it in time and it quickly recovered. Here is its release: Good and bad news about local herons and eagles

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