I watched as this Green Heron (Butorides virescens) closed in on its prey. This was the beginning of his spotting the food. He progressed to taking a much closer look and then striking lightning fast the at frog. It was 'no contest'. The bird measures 17-18 inches (43-46 cm) from beak-tip to tail-tip. The photograph was taken at Circle B Bar Reserve near Lakeland, Florida.