Great Blue Heron feeding moments at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 22, 2017

A Great Blue Heron was seriously fishing this morning at Greenfield Park putting on a great show while I watched from a distance. This young bird ate and ate with very few misses and twice captured 2 Flathead minnows at once while I was there. It eyed some of its food from a short distance and gave striking moves to capture its morning food, but sometimes just waited for the next small fish to swim by, then the capture. Other birds present at the park were just the typical birds that have been hanging around recent weeks. It was a nice morning to be out, with low winds, full sun and warm temps. Images were taken on September 22, 2017.

Catching a pair!

Stealth mode, looking for the next catch with a drip!

The catch!

The drop…..

Stealth mode times 2…

Another catch!

Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

The heron sees something a short distance away…

Gulp!

Got it!

Another pair of Flathead Minnows!

Shaking the head with the tongue out, I have seen this before…

Another small catch…

Herons at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on September 4, 2017

I stopped at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee this morning to see what was going on. A Black-crowned Night Heron, Green Herons and Great Blue Herons were present. They gave nice views, being the Black-crowned Night Heron and Great Blue Heron were immature, there was not much action. They just were perched looking and waiting near water something to come by to feed on. The Green Heron, the bluest Green Heron I have ever seen spent most of it’s time just hunting for food. The Great Blue Heron walked across the channel which was interesting. A cloudy morning, with mild temps made for a nice day out. Images were taken on September 4, 2017.

Black-crowned Night Heron, immature…

Black-crowned Night Heron looking

Black-crowned Night Heron finding something

Shaking off!

Getting a drink

Playing with a snail…

Green Heron, 1st summer and the bluest Green Heron I have ever seen. It has been around the park for most of the summer…

Green Heron on the look out…

Green Heron, enjoying the view…

Preening

Preening

Just perched

Stretching…

Great Blue Heron, crossing the channel, going down…

and down…

down…

The middle of the channel…

Going up…

Up…

 

Green Heron perched in the hedge at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 20, 2017

One of the highlights today at Greenfield Park was a juvenile Green Heron perched in a hedge north of the large pond. It was a highlight because it was a slower day than the usual there plus you typically see these birds on the pond perched on a stick. 4 Green Herons were present today along with a Great Blue Heron and Belted Kingfishers to name a few. Thanks to Dave F for finding this bird perched in the hedge and getting the word out to others at the park as this bird gave nice views. A warm day at the park, low winds, mostly cloudy skies and of photographers visiting from different parts of the state. Images were taken on August 20, 2017.

Some preening here…

When I left the heron was just resting up there enjoying the nice day…

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron and Juvenile Green Herons at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on August 5, 2017

A stop this morning at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County proved worth while. Juvenile Green Herons and a Black-crowned Night Heron gave nice views and put on some shows. The Green Herons fished for food, but came up with very little size wise if anything as they are still learning the ropes. The juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron just hung out at a few locations there, preening was the highlight. Also present, the pair of Belted Kingfishers which are seen often flying back and forth around the pond. Plenty of juvenile Wood Ducks are at most ponds. A beautiful morning out with low 70’s, sun and a nice breeze from the northwest. Images were taken on August 5, 2017.

Black-crowned Night Heron, juvenile

Black-crowned Night Heron, juvenile preening

Black-crowned Night Heron, juvenile

Green Heron, juvenile

Green Heron, juvenile eyeing up it’s next meal

Green Heron, juvenile

Green Heron, juvenile

Green Heron, juvenile, in for the catch!

Green Heron, juvenile

Green Heron, juvenile

Green Heron, juvenile, it may have something here!

Green Heron, juvenile, heads out of the water…

Green Heron, juvenile, on to the log…

Green Heron, juvenile, a look around…

Green Heron, juvenile

Green Heron, juvenile, back to fishing…

Green Heron, juvenile on alert!

Green Heron, juvenile, the closeup…

Green Heron, juvenile, more fishing…

Green Heron, juvenile, waiting for the next catch!

Green Heron catching and eating fish at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on July 11, 2017

During a visit at Greenfield Park this morning I observed a Green Heron fishing, catching fish and eating them. This bird is a 1st summer Green Heron, born last year. A typically event that occurs here daily during the summer months are Green Herons fishing all around the pond, rotating their fishing spots to allow new food to come into those places. Some of the species seen today at the park were 2 Green Herons, 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 Belted Kingfishers and a couple groups of Wood Ducks with the mother and young. The day was just a little slower than normal. A beautiful morning out with mostly sunny skies and warm temps but not as hot as it could be for this time of year. Images were taken on July 11, 2017.

Green Heron, the catch with a fish……and a weed too

Green Heron

Binomial name: Buborides virescens

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 18” long, 26” wing span

Weight: 7 oz

The gulp!

Fishing…

Fishing and then just before the catch…

Got-em!

Getting a good grip!

The catch, a nice fish!

A look around

More fishing…

An incredible stretch for the next catch!

And a nice catch!

Killing and turning the fish around to go down the throat…

The gulp!

Sitting pretty…

Black-crowned Night-Herons at Veterans Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 14, 2017

Doing some birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee today, Bruce and I stopped to check out if the Black-crowned Night-Herons were still by the lagoon, as they were yesterday. They were, but only 3 as 4 were seen yesterday. I’m sure the other one is around. One did a little preening but that was about it for action. Beautiful birds always sitting high in the trees. It will be interesting to see how long the hang around. A little nice day than yesterday to get a couple shots off. Images were taken on April 14, 2017.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron

Binomial name: Nycticorax nycticorax

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 25” long, 44” wing span

Weight: 1.9 lb

In flight

In flight

One doing a little preening

Doing a little preening

 

Great Egrets at Echo Park in Burlington Wisconsin on September 29, 2016

I made a couple of stops out at Echo Park in Burlington Wisconsin as some Great Egrets were being reported there at the dam. Nice numbers of 10-15 were present when I was there. I think numbers are down from a few days ago. These birds put on an amazing show while I was there! They all seemed to be fishing while I was present but only a few fish were actually caught. Some of the other things I enjoyed watching was the preening, some interaction when a fish was caught or sometimes just relaxing. It is a sight to see as these amazing birds will soon be heading south. Weather conditions were overcast skies for the most part with some wind and cool fall like temps. Images were taken on September 28-29, 2016.

A fluffed up!

All fluffed up!

Great Egret

Binomial name: Ardea alba

Category: Bittern, Herons, and Allies

Size: 39” long, 51” wing span

Weight: 1.9 lb

Hanging out

Hanging out

Moving around above the dam

Moving around above the dam

The beauty!

Incoming

Coming in for a landing

The landing

The stop

The stop

The catch!

The catch!

Takes the catch away to avoid the other egrets trying to take it away

Takes the catch away to avoid the other egrets trying to take it

Above the dam it takes the catch

Above the dam it takes the catch

Incoming

The landing

The stop

The stop

Just coming through

Just coming through

From the top of the dam down

From the top of the dam down

Just beauty

Just beauty

Fishing

Fishing

A pair on top of the dam

A pair on top of the dam

Preening

Preening

Rest

Resting

More preening

More preening

More preening

More preening

Checking things out

Checking things out

The itch

The itch

Coming through

Coming through

Another catch and to the top of the dam

Another catch and to the top of the dam

A place to eat

Wondering where to go now

Just going to go somewhere

Just coming through gang!

Stretching

Stretching

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

More fishing

More fishing

Moving around

Moving around

The flight

The flight

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Another catch

Another catch

Squeeze the fish

The close-up

The close-up

To the top of the dam, less egrets to fight off for the catch

To the top of the dam, less egrets to fight off for the catch

Believe it or not, it catches this fish and eats it

Believe it or not, it catches this fish and eats it

A little preening above the dam

A little preening above the dam

Walking the dam

Walking the dam

Walking the dam

Walking the dam

Turns around, walks the other way

Turns around, walks the other way

A little more preening

A little more preening

Resting

Resting

More preening

More preening

The landing

The landing

Back to fishing

Scratching

And more fishing

And more fishing

Pose on the dam

Pose on the dam

Walking the dam

Walking the dam

Great Egret with a Great Blue Heron

Great Egret with a Great Blue Heron

Two fishing Great Egrets

A fishing pair

Stalking the prey in the grass

Stalking the prey in the grass

Just being me

Just being me

Moving to a new fishing place

Moving to a new fishing place

Serious fishing

Serious fishing

The catch!

The catch!

The catch!

The catch!

Green Herons at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 30, 2016

With a slower time of the year for birding, Greenfield Park in Milwaukee always seems to have something going on. I stopped in there this morning and watched a few of the Green Herons present doing their thing, fishing, preening or just hanging out. While observing the Green Herons today the ate small fish. These appear to be first summer Green Herons born in 2015. A few Great Blue Herons were also present today but no Black-crowned Night-Herons were seen. Images were taken on August 30, 2016.

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Green Heron

Binomial name: Buborides virescens

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 18” long, 26” wing span

Weight: 7 oz

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Preening

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Preening

With a feather

With a feather

Fishing

Fishing

Gets the fish!

Gets the fish!

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Scratching

Scratching

Fishing

Fishing

Scratching

Scratching

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Great Blue Heron with a Bullhead

Great Blue Heron with a Bullhead

Sneaking through the water looking for its next snack

Sneaking through the water looking for its next snack

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Just hanging out

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron Catching Fish at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 14, 2016

I checked out Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County this morning to see what was happening. Surprisingly the park seems to always have something happening with birds. There have been a couple of juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons hanging around. Today when I was present one of the Black-crowned Night-Herons gave nice views fishing and catching some fish too. When I was present one ate 3 fish, 2 larger bullheads and 1 smaller minnow size. Another juvenile sat up in a tree farther away and rested while I was there. It was a beautiful morning out with mild temps and mostly sunny skies. Images were taken on August 14, 2016.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron

Binomial name: Nycticorax nycticorax

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 25” long, 44” wing span

Weight: 1.9 lb

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Fishing

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Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

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Catches 1st Bullhead and moves onto shore

Works on the Bullhead to kill it

Works on killing the Bullhead

Lays it on the shore then stabs it

Lays it on the shore then stabs it

Still working on killing the Bullhead

Still working on killing the Bullhead

Ready to swallow this fish

Ready to swallow this fish

Swallowed the fish but did not change positions, but you can see the neck size has increased

Swallowed the fish but did not change positions, but you can see the neck size has increased

Leaf in mouth

Leaf in mouth

Eats the minnow size fish

Eats the minnow size fish

Catches Bullhead #2

Catches Bullhead #2

Stilling killing Bullhead #2

Still killing Bullhead #2

Fishing off shore...

Fishing off shore…

Serious fishing off the log

Serious fishing off the log

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More fishing...

More fishing…

Another big catch!

Next is the big catch!

Hanging out

Hanging out

Preening

Preening

Great Egrets and more at the Horicon Marsh in Dodge County Wisconsin on August 5, 2016

I went up to Horicon Marsh early this morning to see what was going on. Lots of Great Egrets as what has been reported there. Some of the other birds seen to note, Black-necked Stilts, Dowitchers, Black-crowned Night Herons, Sora, Great Blue Herons, Black Terns and a American Bittern, a long awaited life bird for me. I did not get a shot of this bird as it flew in front of me as I was just pulling up on the shoulder on Hwy 49. As I talked with a couple of birders on the Hwy moments later, they too had seen the American Bittern. Lots of juvenile birds seen today, too many to list. It was a beautiful day at the marsh with a cool breeze and mostly sun. Most images are of the Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons, some of the other birds were in the harsh sunlight to the south of Hwy 49, no images taken. Images were taken on August 5, 2016

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Great Egrets

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Sora

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Sora

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Sora

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Sora

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Sora

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Black-necked Stilt

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile just resting

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile just resting

American Coot, juvenile

American Coot, juvenile

Great Egrets

Great Egrets

Great Egret

Great Egret with the catch

Great Egret

Great Egret, the catch!

Great Egret, with the catch

Great Egret, with the catch

Great Egret, the gulp!

Great Egret, the gulp!

Great Egret

Great Egret fishing

Great Egret

Great Egret with the catch

Great Egret, a little preening going on

Great Egret, a little preening going on

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret fishing

Great Egret a miss!

Great Egret fishing

Great Egret fishing

Great Egret just looking around

Great Egret just looking around

Great Egret in the tree

Great Egret in the tree

Great Blue Heron juvenile

Great Blue Heron, juvenile

Great Blue Heron juvenile

Great Blue Heron, juvenile

Great Blue Heron juvenile

Great Blue Heron, juvenile

Great Blue Heron juvenile

Great Blue Heron, juvenile

Great Blue Heron juvenile, not sure what this is all about when it shakes it's head as if it has a bee in the month which I don't think is what is going on.

Great Blue Heron, juvenile, not sure what this is all about when it shakes it’s head as if it has a bee in the month which I don’t think is what is going on

Great Blue Heron juvenile, not sure what this is all about when it shakes it's head as if it has a bee in the month which I don't think is what is going on

Great Blue Heron, juvenile, not sure what this is all about when it shakes it’s head as if it has a bee in the month which I don’t think is what is going on

Great Blue Heron, juvenile

Great Blue Heron, juvenile

Little Blue Heron at Lake Maria in Green Lake County Wisconsin on May 20, 2016

I was birding in the Kettle Moraine South in Waukesha County this morning when the birding wheels stopped. I saw the note on the Little Blue Heron at Lake Maria in Green Lake County. I looked at distance to Lake Maria and thought why not. The normal range for this visiting bird is more the southern US. Upon arriving at the boat landing at Maria Lake, it only took me a minute to see the Little Blue Heron a long ways down the shore to the north. It was hard to see in the grasses, but I knew that the bluish bird could only be the Little Blue Heron. It continued north until it was surrounded by 4 Canada Geese and then 2 adult Sandhill Cranes later did not seem to happy to have it around either. The Canada Geese appeared to threaten it, but all backed off right away and left that area. It looked like Canada Geese nests were everywhere but empty and the Sandhill Cranes appeared to be tending to little ones behind the tall grasses. The bird moved back a little to the south in and out of the grasses. Perched once off shore for about 45 minutes. I could not see it perched but figured, it was doing that and did not see it fly away. It went back towards shore and I saw some blue go up into a tree, figured it was once again going to perch. After about 30 minutes, it flew out of the woods, made a 90 degree turn to the south and flew right in front of the boat landing. That was the last I saw of the bird. I hung around for about 20 minutes. A few other birders came and went but it was quiet there.  The Little Blue Heron was found this morning by Jeff B and Wendy S got the word out for others to see. A big thank you to them and what a fun time it was! I hope it hangs around for awhile for others to see. Some of these images are distant but felt they were part of the story. Images were taken on May 20, 2016.

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Little Blue Heron

Binomial name: Egretta caerulea

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 24” long, 40” wing span

Weight: 12 oz

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Looking for food

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Looking for food

Looking for food

Looking for food

Looking for food

Looking for food

The Little Blue Heron is far down the shore to the north

The Little Blue Heron is far down the shore to the north

Looking for food but the Sandhill Cranes are watching too

Looking for food but the Sandhill Cranes are watching too

Looking for food

Canada Geese are moving in, the Little Blue Heron moves out

Time to move on

Time to move to a new spot

Time

Canada Geese have surrounded the Little Blue Heron

one

Canada Goose makes a statement and the Little Blue Heron does not move

two

The Canada Geese move out of the area, the Little Blue Heron (in the middle of image) stays put for the short term

three

Time to move to a different area again, moving slowly to the south along the shore

Looking for food

Looking for food once again

Looking for food, but here comes another Canada Goose!

Looking for food, but here comes another Canada Goose, off the Little Blue Heron goes!

Four

Lets try this place for looking for some food

Under a tree limb the Little Blue Heron is looking for food

Under a tree limb the Little Blue Heron is looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food but on its way to perch

Off the perch it goes and heading to the south off shore near the boat landing

Off the perch it goes and heading to the south off shore near the boat landing

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

And still heading south as it passes by me.......

And still heading south as it passes by me…….

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Great Blue Herons with young in Southern Wisconsin on May 19, 2016

I checked out a Great Blue Heron rookery in southern Wisconsin today to see what was going on. Lots of young and getting to have some size to them too. Some adults came with sticks for ongoing nest maintenance. Other adults came to the nest and regurgitated food in to the nest for the young to eat. Always amazing when I sit back and watch all these things happen. A beautiful sunny day with low winds and mild temps. Images were taken on May 19, 2016.

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Great Blue Heron

Binomial name: Ardea herodias

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 46” long, 72” wing span

Weight: 5.3 lb

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The nest has ongoing maintenance

The nest has on going maintenance

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Adult preening, with young

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Warblers and a Green Heron at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 5, 2016

I stopped at Whitnall Park for a routine birding stop to see if there was any warbler action. There was one period mid-morning where there was some good warbler action, but it did not last long. Some Black-throated Green Warblers, 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 Blackburnian Warbler were the warbler highlights. Some of the other warbler species present were Yellow-rumped, Palm, Black and White and Yellow. A Green Heron, FOY, gave a very brief appearance. It was a pleasant day with low winds, mild temps and sunny skies. Just a few images to share taken on May 5, 2016.

Green Heron

Green Heron

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Great Blue Heron at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 23, 2016

I birded some of the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning and for the most part, very quiet. One Caspian Tern at McKinley Marina and 500 + Bonaparte’s Gulls at Grant Park were the highlights that I could find along the lake. The lakefront was very cold with a stiff north wind, a few times the sun felt great. Stopped at Whitnall and just a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers were present, along with typical birds we see and birds that have been reported recently. I crossed paths with Bruce and we headed up to Greenfield Park for a last stop. There was a Great Blue Heron, a 1st year, a bird born last summer, putting on a great show, catching fish, preening and do what Great Blue Herons do. It was nice to wind down the morning with a little excitement with the heron. Images were taken on April 23, 2016.

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The catch, with a Bullhead

Great Blue Heron

Binomial name: Ardea herodias

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 46” long, 72” wing span

Weight: 5.3 lb

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Fish in neck

Fish in neck

Fish still in neck

Fish still in neck

Fish going down with a look

Fish going down with a look

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Preening

Preening, grooming and caring for the feathers

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

Stretching

Stretching

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Double catch! Great Blue Heron with Flathead Minnows

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

Fishing

Fishing

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

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Great Blue Heron with a Flathead Minnow

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The amazing feathers!

The amazing feathers!

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Great Blue Heron with a Bullhead

Great Blue Herons at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 1, 2016

I took a run over to Greenfield Park mid-afternoon do a short birding run. Great Blue Herons have returned, one seemed to want to nap while another one, a heron in full breeding plumage went hunting for some food and did some moving around too. From what I had heard, they have been back a couple of days now, how exciting. Another species I saw were 2 Pied-billed Grebes near the island. Nothing else but recent reported species. Hopefully this year they will raise another nice family there. It was mostly cloudy but the sun did shine for a couple of minutes while I was there. Images were taken on April 1, 2016.

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Great Blue Heron

Binomial name: Ardea herodias

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 46” long, 72” wing span

Weight: 5.3 lb

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Hanging out at the island

The drink

The drink

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Hunting

Hunting

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Hunting

Hunting

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Just resting off the beaten trail

Looks like a 1st year bird, a bird born last year just resting off the beaten trail

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Great Egrets and American White Pelicans at Horicon Marsh on September 4, 2015

I made a trip up to Horicon Marsh in Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties in Wisconsin today. Overall quiet, but a few of the bigger species made themselves known. Great Egrets, American White Pelicans and Green Herons were some of the highlights. A tree laying in the water with 9 Wood Ducks on it looked impressive but the photo just does not do it justice. Some common shorebirds were present but located father from Hwy 49 when I was there. It was an overcast day and light fog early on and the light cloud cover remained the time I was there till late morning, temps were warm. Images were taken on September 4, 2015.

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

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Great Egret

Great Egret hunting!

Great Egret hunting!

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Great Egret

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Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican at takeoff!

American White Pelican at takeoff!

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

11 Wood Ducks preening and resting!

9 Wood Ducks preening and resting! Red eyes are the males.

Green Heron

Green Heron with a frog!

Green Heron hunting!

Green Heron hunting!

Green Heron with a small fish

Green Heron with a small fish

Green Heron with a leach!

Green Heron with a leech!

Green Heron eats an American Bullfrog at Greenfield Park in West Allis Wisconsin on September 2, 2015

While doing some birding at Greenfield Park in West Allis this morning I came across a Green Heron catching and eating an American Bullfrog. The bullfrog struggled to get away, and the 1st summer Green Heron struggled to kill it. Finally after a few minutes the Green Heron got control of it and down it went in one piece. Poor Bullfrog! Some of the other bird species present were families of Northern Flicker, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher and Green Heron. Also present, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwings, Wood Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes and some of the more common birds. Overall a quiet morning but nice to get out with other birders and photographers before the heat really set in. Mostly sunny with morning temps in the low 80’s with a light breeze at times. This action took place on one of the bigger islands there at the park. Images were taken on September 2, 2015.

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The bullfrog is fighting to get away, kicking etc

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The bullfrog is still trying to get away by kicking, etc

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The bullfrog is still struggling and the heron just continually pinches the bullfrog

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The bullfrog is tiring

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Starting the process of swallowing the frog head first, I’m sure the adults showed them just how to do this at one time!

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Gulp, poor frog!

Birding at Greenfield Park in West Allis Wisconsin on August 28, 2015

Birding at Greenfield Park this morning provided some nice looks at birds in action. Some of the highlights were species Black-crowned Night Heron, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Crested Flycatcher and Wood Ducks. An adult Green Heron set out insects for bait on the water that brought in a few prizes. It was a fun morning doing some photography with Bruce and Lee. It was an overcast day. It started to drizzle when I left early afternoon. Images were taken on August 28, 2015 in West Allis, Milwaukee County Wisconsin.

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Green Heron, adult going for the fish

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Green Heron, adult going for the fish

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Green Heron, adult gets the fish

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Green Heron, adult with fish

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Green Heron, setting out a bee for fishing bait

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Green Heron, setting out a bee for fishing bait

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Green Heron, going for the fish

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Green Heron, with the fish

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Green Heron with the fish

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Pied-billed Grebe, juv

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe, adult

Pied-billed Grebe, adult

Pied-billed Grebe, juv stretching

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile stretching

Pied-billed Grebe, adult shaking off!

Pied-billed Grebe, adult shaking off!

Pied-billed Grebe, juv shaking off!

Pied-billed Grebe,  shaking off!

Pied-billed Grebe, adult, the yawn!

Pied-billed Grebe, the yawn!

Pied-billed Grebe, adult

Pied-billed Grebe, adult

Pied-billed Grebe, preening

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile preening

Pied-billed Grebe, juv, stretching

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile stretching

Grebe eating a crayfish

Pied-bill Grebe juvenile eating a crayfish

Pied-billed Grebe juv. eating a crayfish

Pied-billed Grebe juvenile eating a crayfish

Pied-billed Grebe juv. eating a crayfish

Pied-billed Grebe juvenile eating a crayfish

Pied-billed Grebe juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe adult

Pied-billed Grebe adult

Green Heron, juv

Green Heron juvenile

Green Heron, juv, preening

Green Heron juvenile preening

Green Heron, juv, shaking off!

Green Heron juvenile shaking off!

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult stretching

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult stretching

Wood Ducks, adult with young

Wood Ducks, adult female with young

Wood Ducks, adult female with young

Wood Ducks, adult female with young

Green Heron at takeoff

Green Heron at takeoff

Green Herons at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin August 6, 2014

A pair of juvenile Green Herons were present at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin this morning. They worked the shoreline there hunting for food, stretching and resting too. Some of the items they caught were small fish and the Common Blue Damselfly. Also present at the beach area there were 4 Juvenile Caspian Terns. Images were taken on August 6, 2014.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly.

Green Heron

Binomial name: Buborides virescens

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 18” long, 26” wing span

Weight: 7 Oz.

Habitat: Breed in areas of woods or areas with thick vegetation near ponds, marshes, rivers, streams, reservoirs and estuaries. They stay at coastal areas and mangrove swamps in the winter months.

Diet: Green Herons consume fish as their main diet, but also eat amphibians, insects, crustaceans, snails, reptiles and rodents. They catch their food standing still at pond, lake, swamp, creek, marsh, or river edges then darting out with their head snapping up its prey. They also spear their prey with their sharp bill. They usually hunt in waters of less than 4” deep. Deeper waters are usually visited by larger heron species with longer legs.

Nesting: Start of the construction of the nest is done by the male. After a pair is formed the female helps in the nest building. The nest is usually 8-12” across with a bowl of about 2” deep with no lining. The nest is usually located over water at ground level to 30’ or more above the water, but can also be located up to distances of a half mile away from water. They also are known to fix up old nests and during the breeding season they continue to add sticks to their nests as necessary.

Cool fact: Green Herons are known to use bait like insects to bait their prey.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly.

Juvenile Green Heron hunting

Juvenile Green Heron hunting.

Juvenile Green Heron with a fish.

Juvenile Green Heron with a fish.

Juvenile Green Heron with a fish.

Juvenile Green Heron with a fish.

Juvenile Green Heron with gull overhead!

Juvenile Green Heron with gull overhead!

Juvenile Green Heron patiently waiting  for food.

Juvenile Green Heron has it’s eye on something.

Juvenile Green Heron with the catch!

Juvenile Green Heron with the catch!

Juvenile Green Heron, the reflection.

Juvenile Green Heron, the reflection.

Juvenile Green Heron hunting.

Juvenile Green Heron hunting.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly in sight.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly, got it!

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly, got it!

Juvenile Green Heron just taking a break.

Juvenile Green Heron just taking a break.

Juvenile Green Heron just taking a break.

Juvenile Green Heron just taking a break.

Juvenile Green Heron, gull overhead!

Juvenile Green Heron just taking a break.

Juvenile Green Heron, getting back to hunting.

Juvenile Green Heron, getting back to hunting.

Juvenile Green Heron stretching.

Juvenile Green Heron stretching.

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Caspian Tern in front.

Juvenile Caspian Tern

Juvenile Caspian Tern coming in for a landing.

Juvenile Caspian Tern coming in for a landing.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin July 10, 2014

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron fishing, feeding and resting at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Photographs were taken on July 10, 2014. It has been a real treat to view and photograph this rare visitor whose normal range is the southeastern US.

Resting

Resting

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Binomial name: Nyctanassa violacea

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 24” long, 42” wing span

Weight: 1.5 Lb.

Hunting

Fishing

Fishing and hears  something its right side.

Fishing and hears something its left side.

Catching the crayfish!

Catching the crayfish!

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

And down it goes!

Fishing with the reflection of a Ring-billed Gull in the water.

Fishing with the reflection of a Ring-billed Gull in the water.

Resting

Resting

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Killing the crayfish after another catch!

Killing the crayfish after another catch!

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Hunting

Fishing

Hunting

Fishing

Back view

Back view

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Hunting

Hunting