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Wordless Thursday: Tri-Colored and Little Blue Herons

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Adult Little Blue Heron

A Little Blue Heron and Two Tri-colored Herons

Tri-colored Heron

This Little Blue Heron was spotted at a small pond near Morse and CR-466 in The Villages, FL.  I also saw two Tri-colored Herons on Lake Paradise also in The Villages.  Both types of these herons are occasionally seen here in The Villages on several lakes and ponds here.  I believe the Little Blue Heron is one that probably lives in the medium-sized nearby Lake Sumter and the freshwater marshlands around that lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron with Great Egret

Little Blue Heron

Ibis, Herons, and a Snowy

Tri-colored Heron

These White Ibis were laying down which I had never seen before.  Generally when resting, these wading birds perch in trees.  Amazing.  I suspect this behavior helps protect the birds during hurricanes as maybe they lay under shrubbery to stay out of the high winds.  Who knows?  The photographs were taken last weekend here in The Villages, FL.  I also spotted the Trio-colored-colored Heron and Great Blue Heron at Lake Mira-mar.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Heron

White Ibis

Snowy Egret

A Snowy Egret and Heron

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This Snowy Egret has a friend but it’s not another Egret, but a white-phase Little Blue Heron.  The pond where I snapped these pictures is one of the temporary rainfall retention ponds we have here in this development.  It is down the street from the larger permanent pond along the golf course, where I frequently see other herons and egrets.  The Snowy Egret is the one with the yellow eyes, yellow patch above its bill, and the yellow feet.

The other wading bird is a juvenile Little Blue Heron.  They certainly look-alike, don’t they?  The give-away is that bluish bill and the faintly light blue-green legs and feet.  These two birds wade in the shallows of ponds, rivers and lakes and love eating amphibians, small turtles, fishes and insects.  I have heavily cropped one photo of both birds together in order to help show the subtle difference between each.   I took these pictures on Thursday, September 26, 2013 in the morning here in the development where I live in Marion County, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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