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A Little Blue Heron

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This Little Blue Heron was hunting for its dinner in the shallow waters on the marshland edge of Lake Sumter in The Villages, Florida at “Sunrise Point”.

The Little Blue Heron like its larger cousin, the Great Blue Heron, eats fish, frogs, crayfish, small turtles, aquatic snails, water fowl eggs, mice, and larger insects.  I did not see this particular bird actually get any prey but it sure did try!  I had a good view from a raised wooden deck platform in the park and also from the lawn on another part of the small park on the edge of the marsh.

The Little Blue Heron is a small purple-blue heron that often has a juvenile white phase where it closely resembles an egret.  I really enjoyed watching this bird and am thrilled to live near many ponds and lakes where there are many wading and water birds around.  I took these pictures last night at dusk (November 2, 2015).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Little Blue Heron" (5)

  1. You got some nice pictures of him and he certainly is blue!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, this is the bluest Little Blue Heron I have seen. The lighting was also a plus as the sun was very low and orange in the sky. Have a super good day today and thanks for your great and very appreciated comments!

  2. marvelous. you are in heron/egret/wader paradise. 🙂 the sunset is beautiful.

    • Hi Tex, Yes, our new home is located in a birder’s paradise. We are about 35 miles S.E. of where we used to live and are more in Central Florida now. Land of lakes and ponds. Thanks about the sunset photo. I enjoyed our little jaunt last night in spite of bugs (need to stock some mosquito spray in the golf cart. : ) Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  3. Hello, the Little Blue is one of my favorite herons. They are so pretty. Great post and images. Have a happy new week ahead!

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