Little Blue Heron (Adult)
The photo above is that of an adult Little Blue Heron. A small heron that breeds along the south coasts of the US, through Central America and the Caribbean and south to Uruguay and Peru.
Their diet consists of small fish and amphibians. They will stalk their prey in shallow waters, such as marshes and estuaries.
Luckily for the Little Blue Heron their lack of pretty plumes saved them from being hunted for feathers for hats during the early twentieth century, so their population didn’t plummet like other herons and egrets.
Below is a photo of a juvenile Little Blue Heron. This one was in my back yard! I had to take a real close look to make sure it wasn’t a Great Egret, but it doesn’t have a yellow bill and black legs and is rather small. I had to make sure it wasn’t a Snowy Egret, and it definitely doesn’t have big yellow feet. So it is the juvenile Little Blue Heron!
During the first year the juvenile Little Blue Heron will be all white. In the second year they may be patchy blue and white or the calico phase.
Little Blue Heron (Juvenile)