The photo at right is of an adult from the Gilbert Water Ranch in Gilbert, AZ. Female and male Green Herons are nearly indistinguishable. They average around 18" length, though often appear much smaller when crouching with their neck coiled.
|Green Heron on Man-made Lake Edge|
Part of my love of the Green Heron comes form an experience I had at Gilbert Water Ranch in May of 2007. The ponds all had very little or no water, and the Egrets and Herons had to share close quarters. I found a small clearing in some vegetation surrounding the pond, and crouched down and waited.
After a few minutes, a Green Heron took a few steps out of the brush just about 5 feet away from me. It proceeded to go on a fishing bonanza as I watched and attempted to photograph it. I was so close my lens hardly would focus - I had to lean back on my heals to get a few extra inches away.