Story Behind the Photo: Little Blue Heron

June 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Little Blue Heron, Palm Harbor, FLLittle Blue Heron

After a recent fishing trip, my husband was filleting his catch at the marina before heading home for the day. This always draws quite a crowd...not people admiring the catch for the day, but shorebirds hoping for a snack. The feathered opportunists of the afternoon were this little Blue Heron, a few Brown Pelicans and a Great White Egret, all watching intently looking for any chance that they might have a free lunch. While the pelicans are a given at any marina along the Gulf, Little Blue Herons are a treat to see. Little Blue Herons are small herons that are easily recognizable because they are as named, all blue. That is unless they are juveniles. In their first year, Little Blue Herons are actually all white. This heron is the only species to have such a dramatic color change as they age to adulthood. 

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