Sunday, January 7, 2018

Green Heron

Perhaps a baby only a mother could love—a fledgling Green Heron. This heron nested near the anis in a shrubby island at the Six-Dog-Eating Crocodile Pond at the Ensenada Lodge, on 8 July 2017. Tropical Green Heron nesting is often tied to the rainy season, which was the season in Costa Rica. High water levels make a mote, which protect the nesting areas. They usually nest within small colonies or among other herons. Young are usually capable of flight after about three weeks in the nest (Davis and Kushian 1994).

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