Tag Archives: Wading Birds

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

White Ibis

White Ibis usually travel in groups but this one was by himself searching the edges of a small pond. There is a full tree canopy over the pond so not much direct light gets to the water, and the reflected light appears inĀ  lots of colors.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond

Back and forth he went with an occasional sweep of the water with his beak, hunting for food.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond

Reflections of some Cyprus Knees and a few dapples of sunlight changed the look of the water as the Ibis moved along.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond

Little Blue Heron Hunting

A Little Blue Heron waded back and forth in a small, shallow pond, methodically hunting.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Occasionally he stabbed the water, without success as I watched.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Little Blues are all white when they hatch and around a year old start to transition to the full blue of adulthood.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

From the other side of the pond I had a back-lit view of the Heron as he continued to hunt.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron Over My Head

I was standing at the edge of a small pond when this Little Blue Heron landed in a tree above me. Surprisingly he stayed put even though several other folks walked underneath him, most without even noticing him.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

With breeding season over the wading birds tend to ignore each other but this one had his eye on something, and was chatting about it.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Hmm, a big stare. I could hear an Anhinga also doing a bit of bird chat, too. I never expected it would be up even higher than the Little Blue, where he continued to stare.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

When I moved on I finally spotted the Anghinga in the highest available spot looking out over a pond behind where the Little Blue Heron stood.

Anhinga
Anhinga at Tree Top