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Wordless Wednesday: Little Blue Herons

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Great Blue Herons

These Great Blue Herons recently were spotted fishing at two lakes here in The Villages, FL.  The big herons are tremendous at wading in shallow water to spear fish or frogs with their long sharp bills.  They sometimes also dine on mice if the mouse is close to the shore, and same for small snakes and lizards.

The Great Blue Herons fly to the pond, lake, river or marsh, from their rookery in the tops of larger sturdy trees.  After fishing, herons will step out of the water, make a short flight up the shoreline, land, and spread their wings in the Sunshine to dry themselves (if necessary) before returning to the hunt or to the roost.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

 

A Lone Little Blue Heron

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This adult Little Blue Heron was hunting at the small pond near one of the golf courses here in the development where I live.  This is the same pond where I had seen some juvenile Ibises several days ago.  The Little Blue Heron is a smaller heron.  Juveniles are often white but the adults are a purple blue.  Sometimes, juvenile Little Blue Herons will mix-in with adult American White Ibises or with Snowy Egrets.

The Little Blue Heron wades along mostly fresh water or brackish water shores, and eats frogs, tadpoles, turtles, fish, and a variety of aquatic insects.    I took these pictures early in the evening,  on Sept. 16, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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