The Little Blue Heron is a gorgeous wading bird that actually is a member of the egret family of birds! I am showing both the older juvenile in its white morph, and the adults in what probably is its breeding colors (fairly bright purple-blue).
The Little Blue Heron eats fish, frogs, young tender turtles, aquatic snails, tadpoles, crayfish, aquatic insects, eggs, ducklings, and some shoreline rodents and insects. They live around marshy areas of ponds, lakes, springs, and rivers.
I usually see the Little Blue Herons close to the shoreline. The Little Blue Herons are medium in stature and prefer to wade in shallow water. They are expert in flight, too. I see the Little Blue Heron mostly in the early morning or late afternoon. I took these pictures on January 14, 2016, and again on January 16, 2016. I snapped the pictures at the pond on Sumter County Road 466 next to the Walmart at The Villages; and at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!