GREEDY GREEN HERON & A FACEFUL OF FISH
The Green Heron Butorides virescens is one of 6 heron species found on Abaco. I wrote a detailed post about them last summer HERE, with some wonderful Abaco images (none taken by me…). Since then, I got in touch with Binkie van Es, who had photographed the increasingly rare Bahama Oriole on Andros. Small areas of the island are the last remaining habitat of a lovely bird that until recently was one of Abaco’s prized endemics. You can see some excellent pictures of them HERE (none mine either!) and read the sad story of their population decline towards extinction.
Binkie kindly gave use permission for some of his other photos. I especially like this sequence of a green heron getting more than he bargained for in his choice of lunch. In the end greed overcomes a formidably large snack, but it’s a hard one to swallow…
I caught me a handsome fish to take to my dining area
Think this ain’t going to be easy? Just you watch!
See? I just sort of slurp it in like… so. Practice makes perfect.
Busy… can’t really talk right now
Nmmpphh Grfffffff Mmpphphphph Rmmmmmmmph!
No Green Heron was harmed in the photographing of this sequence. Sadly I can’t say the same for the fish, which despite its size had met its match…
Credits: All photos Binkie van Es, with thanks