As even casual readers of this blog must realize, lately I spend a lot of time chasing dragonflies. That is exactly what I was doing on 2 July 2016, when I came face-to-face with this Green Heron. This small heron is often hidden in marsh vegetation, but it is common across most of North America.
Green Herons stalk fish, invertebrates and amphibians. Unlike most birds, they sometimes drop various baits to entice fish to come close enough for the heron to grasp or spear. Bait includes feathers, pieces of plants, bread crumbs, mayflies, worms, and even plastic foam. Live bait works best (Davis and Kushlan 1994).