This Little Blue Heron was spotted wading in a very shallow and murky small pond at the Blue Run of Dunnellon Park on the Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Florida. There is another larger pond within this nature area as well where I also saw some large birds (I will post on these Wednesday in part 2). Although this park is the exit access for river canoe, kayak, and tube floats, and it does get busy in the parking lot area, the nature trails were tranquil while I was there.
The Little Blue Heron breeds in Florida and in other Gulf-Coast states. The Little Blue Heron lives in swamps and wetlands. It eats small fish, crayfish, aquatic insects, small reptiles and frogs. The Little Blue Herons seem to be about 3/4 the size of the Great Blue Herons. The juveniles are bluish-white and get their blue coloring as adults. When breeding, the bird’s neck and head turns slightly purple. Both genders look-alike. I took these pictures on May 19, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!