Galapagos Heron
Butorides sundevalli
The Galapagos Heron (Butorides sundevalli) is another species endemic to the Galapagos Islands. It is also known as Lava Heron, and is now apparently "lumped" with Striated Heron. It is closely related to the Green Heron more familiar to North American observers and shares similar behavior. The first 2 shots on this page were digital captures taken in July, 2003, on James Island with a Canon EOS 10D and an EF 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS lens and 2X extender. The 2nd shot shows an immature individual with considerable buffy or rufous feathers visible on the wing; in the adult these are all gray.
The image shown here shows a Galapagos Heron on Santa Cruz Island in July, 2007. This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 L lens.
The Galapagos Heron on the right was on Hood Island in August, 2010. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens.