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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

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

This juvenile Juvenile Little Blue Heron is just starting to show some mottling as he turns from white to blue.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

He was the only wading bird around this small pond at the end of the afternoon.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

He took his time poking around the perimeter, going in and out of the dappled sun.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron, Eye Reflection

Juvenile Little Blue Heron in the Flowers

This juvenile Little Blue Heron was just poking along in between the swamp sunflowers.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Their preferred hunting ground is in the water which was just behind this flower clump, but herons will eat insects and anoles found on dry land.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

This fellow in with the flowers was a nice picture, even if he didn’t find any lunch.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron Pond Walk

This pond was dried out by management earlier this summer as work was done on the infrastructure. Now that the water has returned different vegetation is thriving.

Little Blue Heron Pond Walk
Little Blue Heron Pond Walk

A Little Blue Heron was poking his way along between some plants, some with pink flowers.

Little Blue Heron Pond Walk
Little Blue Heron Pond Walk

He had the place to himself and took his time; I didn’t see him catch any lunch.

Little Blue Heron Pond Walk
Little Blue Heron Pond Walk

Little Blue Herons Around the Pond

I spotted several Little Blue Herons around the old rice field pond one recent morning. The first one was standing on a pile of vegetation debris out in the middle of the pond, staring intently at the water.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

The next one found a fallen tree branch to his liking, although that pose with twisted legs doesn’t look that comfortable.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

This final fellow was actively searching for lunch, slowly and deliberately plodding through the shallow water.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron