Richard and I saw a bird at Alexander Lake recently that we had never seen before and we were thrilled to see it! (Alexander Lake at Panola Mountain State Park.) We had no idea what it was, it had a head like a heron but it was much smaller than any heron we had seen before. What was it? When we came home, we researched it and discovered that it is a Green Heron!
(I found the most interesting story of a couple of birdwatchers who also saw the green heron for the first time and they were so THRILLED to see it and it was just so perfectly well written and I wanted to link to it but alas, now I cannot find it! So typical of me these days, sorry!)
Forgive me if I don't use the correct bird terminology, but the bird will move its neck up in order to look for prey, but the bird can retract it also and it makes it look much smaller. (Can you see the difference in these two photos?)
The Green heron was beside the lake when we first saw it. It then flew under the boardwalk but then, flew up on the boardwalk where Richard took those few photos. THEN, a noisy biker came along and the bird flew up into one of the trees. Richard was able to get a clearer photo of it and it seemed to pose just for him! (The colors of the feathers! This is a good photo but to SEE the colors...amazing!)
The Green Heron is considered a very intelligent bird. It has learned to drop bits of food or twigs along the shoreline so as to attract fish for its dinner!
I found a video of one doing just that!
Clever bird, indeed!
If anyone remembers my post about Alexander Lake, this is the very same lake that will most likely be drained. I really hope that does not happen. So much beauty!
And the sunsets will take your breath away!