June 02, 2017

Green heron

Anne spotted this green heron from the pontoon boat while cruising the shoreline of Rondeau Bay.
I drive the boat, she finds the birds. Today we had great blue heron, whimbrel, black terns and this green heron.
Very interesting to watch it pluck an insect, usually a midge, and drop it into the water to entice a fish within striking range.

Butorides virescens
The Green Heron is one of the world’s few tool-using bird species. It creates fishing lures with bread crusts, insects, earthworms, twigs, feathers, and other objects, dropping them on the surface of the water to entice small fish.
source- Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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