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Little Blue Herons in Different Plumage

White Morph or Phase Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron in White 

The Little Blue Heron is a gorgeous wading bird that actually is a member of the egret family of birds!  I am showing both the older juvenile in its white morph, and the adults in what probably is its breeding colors (fairly bright purple-blue).

The Little Blue Heron eats fish, frogs, young tender turtles, aquatic snails, tadpoles, crayfish, aquatic insects, eggs, ducklings, and some shoreline rodents and insects.  They live around marshy areas of ponds, lakes, springs, and rivers.

I usually see the Little Blue Herons close to the shoreline.  The Little Blue Herons are medium in stature and prefer to wade in shallow water.  They are expert in flight, too.  I see the Little Blue Heron mostly in the early morning or late afternoon.  I took these pictures on January 14, 2016, and again on January 16, 2016.  I snapped the pictures at the pond on Sumter County Road 466 next to the Walmart at The Villages; and at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron in blue breeding phase

Little Blue Heron in blue breeding phase

White Phase Little Blue Heron

White Phase Little Blue Heron

 

 

 

Blue Phase Little Blue Heron (Adult)

Blue Phase Little Blue Heron (Adult)

 

Blue Morph Little Blue Heron

Adult  Little Blue Heron

Blue Morph Little Blue Heron (Likely in breeding plumage)

Little Blue Heron in Breeding Plumage

White Phase Little Blue Heron

White Phase Little Blue Heron (older juvenile)

A Visit to the Sharon Rose Weichens Preserve

 

Southern Bald Eagle

Southern Bald Eagle

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

This nature preserve is part of The Villages, Florida in a new area to the South end of the development.  I went to the preserve on December 15, 2015 and enjoyed seeing American Coots, a Little Blue Heron, a Bald Eagle (up on the high tension electric tower), a Red-bellied Woodpecker, the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, a number of ducks in the distance, and Meadowlarks.

In the past, I have also seen Great Egrets, and a White Tailed Deer (across on the far side of the lake).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  By the way, it was raining lightly when I was at the preserve.  P.S.  I saw a huge flock of White Pelicans arrive at the small neighborhood lake near my home this afternoon.  I hope to get some pictures taken while the birds are still around.  Wildlifewatcher

Scenic View of the Far Shore

Scenic View of the Far Shore

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

Southern Bald Eagle

Southern Bald Eagle

 

 

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Entry

Sherman's Fox Squirrel

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel

Observation Tower and Deck

Observation Tower and Deck

 

American Coot

American Coot

Eastern Meadowlarks

Eastern Meadowlarks

 

 

 

American Coot

American Coot

 

 

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