Green Heron – Preening


I get a lot of enjoyment watching a bird preen its feathers.  They do it so carefully, so precise.  With their beak, no less!

Of course, preening is vital to a bird’s survival.  It is a maintenance behavior where a bird uses its beak to position feathers, interlock feather barbules that have become separated, clean plumage, and keep parasites in check.

This beautiful Green Heron was really giving its feathers a workout.  Out of the series I shot, I liked these five photos, three of which show the Green Heron cleaning a specific feather.


Green Heron preening


I think that last photo told me to move on…..which I did!  🙂



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