This Little Blue Heron was hunting for its dinner in the shallow waters on the marshland edge of Lake Sumter in The Villages, Florida at “Sunrise Point”.
The Little Blue Heron like its larger cousin, the Great Blue Heron, eats fish, frogs, crayfish, small turtles, aquatic snails, water fowl eggs, mice, and larger insects. I did not see this particular bird actually get any prey but it sure did try! I had a good view from a raised wooden deck platform in the park and also from the lawn on another part of the small park on the edge of the marsh.
The Little Blue Heron is a small purple-blue heron that often has a juvenile white phase where it closely resembles an egret. I really enjoyed watching this bird and am thrilled to live near many ponds and lakes where there are many wading and water birds around. I took these pictures last night at dusk (November 2, 2015). Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
I spotted two Anhinga birds at the Blue Run of Dunnellon Park on Sunday, May 19, 2013. This is the same park where I spotted that Little Blue Heron earlier that day. Anhingas are a water bird. Not only do these large birds fly, they also swim. I was startled to see a head and very long snake-like neck stick out of the water of a medium-sized, spring-fed pond! The bird then popped out of the water and perched behind some brush. It saw my husband and I but tried to keep itself out of notice. The other Ahinga was sitting perched on a large, low overhanging branch about twenty yards away. I think both of these birds are females. they differ as one was wet.
Anhingas are large. They have huge wings, webbed feet, and a powerful pointed bill. The Anhinga eats fish, frogs, amphibians, small reptiles, small rodents and larger insects. These birds mostly live in areas around rivers lakes and large ponds. They are found in many states around the Gulf of Mexico. these are the first Ahingas I have spotted. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
My heart and prayers are with those who have recently suffered in the tornado outbreak. Please consider donating to the American Red Cross or Salvation Army for disaster relief. Many thanks! P.S. I now understand I had not spelled the bird’s name correctly and have rectified that oops. Wildlifewatcher.