A patient hunter

A juvenile green heron perches on a log next to a body of water at Sammons Golf Course in Temple. Green herons live around wooded ponds, marshes, rivers, reservoirs and estuaries, according to The Cornell Lab website. They stand motionless at the water’s edge as they hunt for fish and amphibians. They typically stand on vegetation or solid ground, and they don’t wade as often as larger herons. From a distance green herons look all dark. In better light, they are deep green on the back with a rich chestnut breast and neck. The wings are dark gray. Juveniles are browner, with pale streaking on the neck and spots on the wings.