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White Morph or Phase Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron in White 

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!

Little Blue Heron in blue breeding phase

Little Blue Heron in blue breeding phase

White Phase Little Blue Heron

White Phase Little Blue Heron

 

 

 

Blue Phase Little Blue Heron (Adult)

Blue Phase Little Blue Heron (Adult)

 

Blue Morph Little Blue Heron

Adult  Little Blue Heron

Blue Morph Little Blue Heron (Likely in breeding plumage)

Little Blue Heron in Breeding Plumage

White Phase Little Blue Heron

White Phase Little Blue Heron (older juvenile)

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Comments on: "Little Blue Herons in Different Plumage" (6)

  1. i may have had a juvenile little blue here this fall! i took photos but they were sort of far away and difficult to tell for sure (since i’ve never seen a little blue before!) i’m hoping that that’s what it was so i can add that to the list of birds seen at run*a*round!

    • Hi Tex, Yellowish-green legs with hint of blue, that bluish-white and black bill and white feathers. Different than the Snowy Egret but similar sized. The bill looks a lot like the Great Blue Heron’s but smaller. I think you likely did see a juvenile Little Blue Heron. Hope so. Have a great week!

  2. The little blue guys are sure pretty! I’ve never seen one. Even the big ones are gone from here in winter. I did have a few dozen bright red finches today at the feeder though.

  3. Hello, wonderful captures of the little blues. They are all beautiful. Happy Thursday, have a great day!

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