This Little Blue Heron was spotted yesterday, March 5, 2017, at the pretty little pond next to the Wal-Mart parking lot on CR 466 here in The Villages. I have photographed birds and wildlife at this pond many times. No, I did not see any alligators yesterday there, just this bird, a drake Hooded Merganser, three Mallards, and a lone Common Moorhen. Not much going on at the pond yesterday afternoon (It was very windy).
Little Blue Herons eat fish, frogs, turtles, mice, lizards, snakes and large insects. They spear their prey with their sharp long bill. These birds actually start out as white-colored juveniles and get darker blue as they age. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!