Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Little Blue Heron

Little blue herons have blue-gray plumage, 
except for the neck and head which are purplish. 
It has a long pointed blue or grayish bill with a black tip. 
Little blue heron
They find prey in shallow water, eating fish, frogs, crustaceans  small rodents and insects. 
They breed in the Gulf coast of the USA down through Central America and the Caribbean to Peru and Uruguay. They can be found as far north as the US/Canada border. We saw these in Everglades National Park in Southern Florida.
Updated: February 2014

In January 2014 I went back to Florida and visited Merritt Island NWR, J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR and Shark Valley in Everglades NP. I saw little blue herons in all three places. A sampling of pictures follow:
Little blue heron at Merritt Island. I love the purple head and the rippling water behind.
On Sanibel Island at Darling NWR. A good view of the large feet.
A little more of the purple head shows up in this photo.
At Shark Valley in Everglades NP. 

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