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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

 

 

 

 

 

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)

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