Green Herons in Clove Lakes Park

We watched two or three green herons (Butorides virescens) looking for fish along the shores of Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island on July 16, 2018. (We saw two at the same time, but aren't sure if the second was the one we saw later a little north on the shore.)

  Green heron, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, July 16, 2018

Green heron, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, July 16, 2018

  Green heron, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, July 16, 2018

Green heron, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, July 16, 2018

The short video is set to music by Franz Joseph Haydn, performed by Michael Schopen and obtained from MusOpen.org, a royalty-free music source.

A Green Heron at Azalea Pond

Azalea Pond in Central Park had a delightful green heron visitor on June 17 and 18, 2016. I took a lot of photos and video, because this bird visits so infrequently, but yet is such a gorgeous animal.

The heron stood on this little branch over the water both days, regularly dipping into the water, pulling out a little fish, then gobbling it down. He kept doing this, as if he were at the movies chomping from a bag of popcorn.

We looked for the green heron the following days, but he wasn't to be seen. Maybe he went looking for a new pond, having finished off all the fish. Hope he comes back.

  A green heron at Azalea Pond, Central Park, June 18, 2016

A green heron at Azalea Pond, Central Park, June 18, 2016

I wanted to give people an opportunity to really watch the bird, so I put together two videos, both set to music by Franz Joseph Haydn.

The following photos are from June 17 and 18, 2016. Below them are photos taken at previous encounters with this gorgeous bird.

The following shots were taken previously at the Upper Lobe, Azalea Pond and the Pond at 59th Street.