Juvenile Little Blue Herons

Juvenile Little Blue Herons

The juvenile Little Blue Herons are spreading out away from their nests and just when one thinks he has found his own piece of paradise he gets company.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

These sticks are from a dead branch that fell in a storm earlier this summer and it makes an easy landing spot for the young birds. Unfortunately it provides no protection from alligators that could easily lurch out of the water and snatch one of them.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

This section of the pond is choked with duckweed and the alligators travel easily  unseen beneath it. Even if they do see a predator the herons rarely take evasive action.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

There are no ducks around to eat the duckweed right now and the conditions seem to be perfect for it to thrive, making for very green photographs.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

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