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Wordless Wednesday: Little Blue Herons

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Little Blue Herons

Little Blue Heron at Ochlockonee River State Park, Florida

I spotted these Little Blue Herons at the little lake behind Freedom Pointe in The Villages, FL  at a vernal pool in the campground at the Ochlockonee River State Park near St. Mark’s National Wildlife Sanctuary in North-Central Florida, and also at both Schwartz and Boone Parks in The Villages at Lake Paradise (which is now refilling with water).  I saw these beautiful big wading birds within the last month (Schwartz and Boone  herons possibly with Snowy Egrets or juvenile herons, on Wednesday).

The Little Blue Herons start as white juveniles and as they age, they turn a beautiful purple blue with olive-green legs and feet.  They are much more of a blue hue than the similar-looking Reddish Egret.

The Little Blue Herons eat frogs, fish, crawfish, small turtles, baby alligators, ducklings, and occasionally aquatic snails, worms, and larger aquatic insects.  They generally spear their prey with their sharp long bill and then gulp the food down.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron at Boone Park in The Villages, FL

Little Blue Heron at Schwartz Park in The Villages, FL

 

 

 

Little Blue Heron at Ochlockonee River State Park in Florida

Snowy Egret with Little Blue Heron at Freedom Pointe in The Villages, FL

Little Blue Heron at Freedom Pointe in The Villages, FL

Juvenile Little Blue Heron in White

Older Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Older Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Herons have white feathers and grow increasingly blue as they age.  On Saturday, April 9, 2016, I spotted two Little Blue Herons, each in a different pond.  One was quite young while the other was older and was in the beginning of growing blue feathers.  I also saw a very light Little Blue Heron adult which, at first, I almost mistook for a Reddish Egret (The Reddish Egrets have more of a magenta cast and a slightly pink bill).

I saw one of the Little Blue Herons in The Villages, Fl, at a pond on Pinellas Drive (with the adult Little Blue Heron), and the other Little Blue Heron at the pond next to the Walmart in The Villages on CR 466.  I am also including a photo of an adult Little Blue Heron in dark breeding feathers that I took about a month ago.   I think it is amazing how different the Little Blue Heron looks in both phases.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Older Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Older Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Older Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Older Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

 

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Adult Little Blue Heron in Breeding Colors

Adult Little Blue Heron in Breeding Colors

Adult (Very light) Little Blue Heron

Adult Little Blue Heron

 

 

 

 

 

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