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Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Some of this year’s juvenile Little Blue Herons are still hanging around the swamp, now on their own. The parents have moved on, no longer providing meals.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

I was not expecting him to fly and he almost flew out of my frame. I liked the fall-ish background so kept the image even without much leading space in front of the bird.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Taking Off

He didn’t go very far and when I rounded a corner on the trail he was in front of me again.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

The last few groups of this year’s juvenile Little Blue Heron are learning to fly.

It was a dull day and the adult Little Blue doesn’t show up that well, but it was fun to watch.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

The little fellow wasn’t that interested. Maybe he knows this is the end of “food delivery by mama”.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

After unsuccessfully trying to lure the youngster upward, finally the adult tried pushing.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

Junior flew out onto a nearby branch. Now what do I do?

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

A juvenile from another nest shows how it is done.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Hunting

A juvenile Little Blue Heron poked along the edge of a pond in between some Cypress knees looking for a meal.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

He quickly swallowed a couple of small finds.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron, Late blooming red Azalea

After a bit he flew up onto a bridge railing and showed off his mottled blue coloration. Sometime in their second year the Little Blues become fully blue.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron Landing Pad

Herons like to land on things sticking out of the water rather than jumping right in if possible.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

Sticks, rocks, and yes I’ve seen them land on Alligators.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

This time the landing pad turned out to be a log.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

The nearby Alligator didn’t seem to pay much notice as the Little Blue strutted by.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

However, as the Little Blue turned, the Alligator sunk down.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

Certainly the Little Blue Heron is not a threat to the Alligator, but he may not know that.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

Juvenile Little Blue Heron On The Hunt

If this juvenile Little Blue Heron’s presence was any indication this pond-side vegetation must harbor a lot of snacks.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Last spring I spotted him feeding here every time I passed by for several weeks in a row.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Step and poke, back and forth.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Success! A bird this size has to find an awful lot of small creatures to consume to survive– a full time occupation.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

April 15, 2019

 

 

Little Blue Heron: Ready, Rouse, Gone

This Little Blue Heron landed on the boardwalk railing for a look around.

Little Blue Heron Standing on Railing
Little Blue Heron Standing on Railing

I hoped to get closer but knew when he “roused” he be taking off soon.

Little Blue Heron Ruffling on Railing
Little Blue Heron Rousing on Railing

And he did, flying quite close to me showing off his blue.

Little Blue Heron in Flight
Little Blue Heron in Flight

He didn’t go far, landing in the tall marsh grasses just off the boardwalk.

Little Blue Heron in Marsh Grass
Little Blue Heron in Marsh Grass

April 10, 2019
Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant, SC