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 and then just before the catch…


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…

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

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

  1. Annie says:

    Wow, those r awesome, Jim. It was the perfect summer day! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Pam Skaar says:

    These really made me smile. Your photos are so crisp it really makes the feather details pop out. Great action shots.

  3. Jane Becker says:

    Especially like the balancing act with him stretching out! Great pics as always.

  4. Tami says:

    It’s just like being there! Thanks Jim.

  5. Darrell Schiffman says:

    Wow! What a great series of pictures on the Green Heron fishing.

  6. Laura Wentz says:

    Fascinating. This is one of my favorites to just sit and watch.

  7. Nan Wisherd says:

    That’s not a good place to be a small fish! Thanks for sharing the great photos, Jim.

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