Painting of Green Heron Mother. This small heron is solitary most seasons and often somewhat secretive. Seen in the open, it often flicks its tail nervously, raises and lowers it crest. It is a striking bird with a velvet-green back, chestnut body and a dark cap often raised into a short crest. I was fortunate the summer of 2020 to have a pair lay their eggs in my backyard. First I found two eggs on the ground, then they disappeared. Over the next couple of months I would see the parents in my backyard, catching lizards, catching insects and taking a bath in my spa. Did not find out where the nest was till after the babies were gone. It was in a prominent tree just outside my studio window. They had been sharing the tree with some nesting Wrens. This is the mother just after she had caught a big yellow lizard and swallowed it whole. She has a proud satisfied look.
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