Tag Archives: Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Herons Hanging Around

Breeding season is over but a few of this year’s young are still hanging around the rookery. I saw this young Great Blue Heron displaying the classic GBH patience. He was staring at the water when I went by, and twenty minutes later when I returned he was in the same spot.

Young Great Blue Heron
Young Great Blue Heron

Little Blue Herons are born white  then slowly transition to all blue in their second year. This youngster took a spot surveying the pond, looking a little unsure of what to do next. Some of the LBH adults are still in the area, but no longer supply food.

Young Little Blue Heron
Young Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron, Nesting Material Workout

This Little Blue Heron was working really hard to separate a twig from a vine tangle.

Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material
Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material

And not having much success.

Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material
Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material

Hmm, maybe we need another plan.

Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material
Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material

Plan B was also not successful.

Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material
Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material

Oh, did you see that?

Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material
Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material

Little Blue Heron Fishing

Back and forth, this Little Blue Heron was working the perimeter of a small pond.

Little Blue Heron Fishing
Little Blue Heron Fishing

We’ve had a tremendous amount of rain the last ten days and water is pushing up and even overflowing many pond edges, giving these birds the shallow water they prefer for hunting.

Little Blue Heron Fishing
Little Blue Heron Fishing

Add that it was a bit warmer and thousands of minnows were zooming around in the water and the Little Blue had a great hunting ground. Even with all that bounty he was slow and methodical, sticking to his process.

Little Blue Heron Fishing
Little Blue Heron Fishing

Success!

Little Blue Heron Fishing
Little Blue Heron Fishing