The Little Blue Herons are working on their nests on the interiors of two little islands. They get into squabbles with their mates or their neighbors then take a spin around the island, sometimes taking a time out before getting back into the fray in the dense undergrowth.
Out in the open it is easier to see their beautiful blues. The intense blue on their beaks is a match for the blue sky on this April day.
An in-flight photo from underneath gives a perspective on their wing spans and shows off that their bodies aren’t all blue.
The Little Blue Heron’s various blues seem more purple than blue in the bright sun. This one is about to disappear into the greenery towards his nest.
With an occasional eye to the sky as Hawks and Vultures passed over head, this Little Blue Heron worked back and forth on a log, poking in the duck weed.
He seemed not to notice the Alligator floating just behind him, his head just to the left of the birds in the photo above. From where I stood peeking through underbrush, I wasn’t sure the log wasn’t alive, either.
The Little Blue gave a ruffle after a mis-step off the log and went back to patrolling.
The Little Blue Heron and logs from another angle.
It’s easy to overlook the Little Blue Herons around the swamp and pond right now with the flurry of Great Egret and Great Blue Heron mating and nest building going on. Occasionally one will land right in front of you, showing off the shimmery blue color.
This one was looking around, using these dead branches to get different views into the water.
Then just a short flying hop to the next vantage point, the Little Blues are just as graceful as the larger wading birds.
He finally waded into the water creating a nice reflection, but I never saw him even try to spear something to eat.