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Breeding Pair Little Blue Herons

Egretta caerulea

Description:

These are in breeding colors - which gives them a vibrant purplish red head, dark blue beak with black tip and bright blue feathers. Believe it or not first year birds are White!

Habitat:

Swamps, estuaries, rivers, ponds, and lakes. the feed upon Small fish, amphibians, and aquatic invertebrates.

Notes:

My special secret Egret/Heron breeding grounds. Every tree was loaded with snowy egret, little blues, cattle egrets, Anhingas, and many others. No chicks just yet, but several sitting on eggs. This site, is just off the highway not far from where we live in North Florida I stood in the back of the truck far enough way Careful not to disturb the areas' many feathered occupants. What a wonderful sight. I could have spent all day there.

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25 Comments (1–25)

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 10 years ago

Thank you Outdoor Imagery :)

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 10 years ago

update: - went to the rookery this past weekend, and to my surprise, it was almost empty. Only two snowy egrets could be seen nesting way in the back. Last year's (and all the previous 4 yrs) nests were empty! Not sure if they were already there and left (awful early), or if the smoke from the controlled burning has kept them away, or if the swampy area they nest in being a bit more dry has anything to do with it. If not raining this weekend, I am going back to check again. These birds have been nesting in the same spot for at least the past 4 yrs (most likely longer) - which is why it doesn't make sense they are not there now. Was a bit depressing seeing it empty :(

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 10 years ago

Thank you East end, these were last years photos , but I hope to be checking the rookery this weekend. There are several herons (all types) and Anhingnas breeding in one area - they return each year. I have been busy and haven't the chance to go by there yet :( This weekend looks promising!

East End aka Lorelei
East End aka Lorelei 10 years ago

Beautiful series Mary! Any eggs or chicks yet?

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 10 years ago

Thank you Emma, been meaning to get back to this rookery, but haven't had a chance - hopefully this weekend :)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

lovely pictures!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 10 years ago

Thank you Noe and Pili :)

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 10 years ago

Wow! I love the second pic!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 10 years ago

Looks like it is almost time to return to this breeding area..hopefully I can get photos of the chicks this year.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 10 years ago

Thank you Carolina and Hans :)

Hans.New
Hans.New 10 years ago

nice couple on the first shot. very cool pictures

Carolina
Carolina 10 years ago

What a beautiful bird!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 10 years ago

Thank you all kindly.

FoTony
FoTony 10 years ago

Wow, awesome, what a beautiful colors!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

congrats for that shot

DonnaPomeroy
DonnaPomeroy 10 years ago

fantastic!

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

wonderful!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 10 years ago

Thank you all kindly -

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wonderful shots amazing definition

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Lovely!

AlvaroMartinZarzuela
AlvaroMartinZarzuela 10 years ago

IMPRESIONANTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 10 years ago

Wow, fantastic pictures Mary!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 10 years ago

Wow - amazing!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 10 years ago

Thank you Saber

Saber
Saber 10 years ago

beautiful Shoot :) !

MaryEvans2
Spotted by
MaryEvans2

Greenville, Florida, USA

Spotted on Apr 24, 2011
Submitted on Feb 10, 2012

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