Tag Archives: Little Blue Heron

Newly Opened Dike

These images were taken in a section of the wildlife management area that I don’t visit often. Until recently you had to climb over fallen trees to get there and the dike is lower, which puts the photographer closer to the water which is good and bad.

Getting a lower prospective and Alligator reflection is good. Being closer to unseen Alligators can scare the &#!% out of a photographer if they move!

Alligator and Reflection
Alligator and Reflection

Being lower also means less breeze, which much of the year means more mosquitoes. Last week was cooler so there wasn’t much insect activity.

White Ibis
White Ibis

This White Ibis was enjoying the sun and along came a Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron and White Ibis
Little Blue Heron and White Ibis

The Little Blue Heron slowly encroached on the Ibis’  space.

Little Blue Heron and White Ibis
Little Blue Heron and White Ibis

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

This juvenile Little Blue Heron was on his own, just hanging around on a dead tree trunk. There was a small group at the other end of the big pond but most of his siblings and cousins have moved on. There are no adult Little Blues around the swamp either.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Birds with nothing else to do default to preening, and this fellow was no different.

Check your toes.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Then under your wings.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Lining the Banks

Wading birds and alligators gathered along this marsh inlet as the tide was going out.

Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators

The Snowy Egrets changed position frequently, they seem happiest when flapping around. The other egrets and herons tended to stick to their claimed spot, even as the alligators passed by.

Wading Birds Lining the Shore
Wading Birds Lining the Shore

Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron,  and White Ibis shared the banks.

Little Blue Heron Teaching Flying

Adult Little Blue Herons actively teach their young how to fly, encouraging them to take off by demonstrating and often tempting them to the end of branches with food. This adult and the juvenile on the right had their legs intertwined so I thought for sure the juvenile would launch.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons with Adult

The juvenile of this trio on the left had at least a short hop down as he arrived from a nearby tree after I started taking these images. The adult took off.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

None of the three juveniles followed the parent.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

After a little squabble the three settled down to wait for the adult to return for another try.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

7/10/2018

Little Blue Heron

Last summer the trees around this small pond had a dozen or more Little Blue Heron nests. This year not a single pair nested here, but a few come around to look, including this one who was having a tree top view.

Little Blue Heron Posing in Tree
Little Blue Heron Posing in Tree

Below he dropped down to some new debris in the water, part of some limbs that got tossed around during a severe storm last week. The pond has been cleared of invasive cattails and other reed vegetation and there is much speculation among regular human visitors here that it was too much change for the herons.

Little Blue Heron Posing on Stick
Little Blue Heron Posing on Stick

Little Blue Heron Lunching

There is a small pond in some woods beyond the Heron rookery that I check on once in awhile.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

The vegetation has been too high around it to see much lately, but a few days ago I strolled over to discover that the edges have been cleared, giving a nice view into the water.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

This Little Blue Heron was the only bird I saw, and he was cleaning up on little salamanders or something similar.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Down in one gulp, and then inching ahead he seemed quite content.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron Passing By

The Alligator never moved.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

These were taken January 9th, at the end of a week when we had extreme cold for South Carolina and six inches of snow. Alligators slow their metabolic activity when it gets cold and all they need is to breathe.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

The Little Blue Heron waded the entire length of the Alligator, poking in the water as he went, perhaps not even recognizing the gator was there.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator