This is one of my favorite birds, the green heron, Butorides virescens. I've never been able to get pictures of one before. They are all the same bird. In the second one the feathers on its head are raised. In the third one I used the manual focus (I remembered how!), and the green spot is a leaf that is completely unfocused between me and the bird.
The green heron is small (for a heron) about 17 inches long, with a short neck. They are much more secretive than the great blues. They don't have long legs and don't stand in the water, but often perch on snags in the water. They are looking for fish and frogs to eat- same diet favorites as the other herons.
Tomorrow is a day for assignments- wonder what I'll find!
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