Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Little Blue Heron

This Little Blue Heron was seen this past Sunday at Chincoteague National Seashore and wildlife refuge.


The Little Blue Heron is similiar in size to the Snowy Egret but has a heavier bill. The bill is bicolored. It's deep blue body contrasts with the maroon head. This heron has black legs and feet. It stalks prey slowly and prefers shallow fresh water.

This is my entry for World Bird Wednesday ...Please visit Springman at Pine River Review to see birds from all around the world.

Thank you Springman for hosting World Bird Wednesday and thanks for stopping by to see my post.
Have a great week!

36 comments:

Hilke Breder said...

I love your header photo, Eileen. It reminds me of a trip to Chincoteaque several years ago. Your shots of the Little Blue Heron are beautiful! Gorgeous blue color!

diane b said...

It is a beauty. Love the colour!

Jo said...

Wow Eileen, I love herons and this one is so well photographed showing its reflection as well as all its features. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Jo

texwisgirl said...

he's beautiful! i've never seen one in person - i love the soft mauve and gray/blue. :)

NicoleB said...

These are such beautiful fellows (and photos :))
Wish we had these around here. I like how the head (mainly the eyes) looks a bit different than the other Egrets'.

Calling Ravens said...

Wow-isn't it GorGeouS!! And those are FAB shots!! Lucky, lucky, you!
Thanks for sharing.
Green with envy Meggs.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Eileen, Great pictures of the Blue Heron... I'm sure you enjoyed your time at the Chincoteague National Seashore and Wildlife Refuge... I'd love to visit there too.
Hugs,
Betsy

Jen said...

Cool bird! I've never seen one before... Thanks for sharing!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I have never seen a Little Blue Heron before. It is very very beautiful! I like the bill and that light purple maroon neck and head are interesting. Neat pictures! Have a wonderful day!

jabblog said...

What a delightful capture! I do like herons, even when they pinch our pond fish!
I love your header - wonderful:-)

Andrew said...

A beautiful bird to see. Lovely images. Many thanks for sharing.

Sondra said...

Hi Eileen, The Little Blue doesnt get as much attention as the Great Blue so its good to see it centerstage here!!
Love the ponies on the header too!

Gary said...

Nice shots of the little blue, Eileen. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

EmptyNester said...

Very nice photos of one of my favorite birds!

rainfield61 said...

It is learning catching fish through trial an error.

caite said...

we have many herons...but not sure about blue ones.
very nice.

Steve said...

I need to get out to Chincoteague! I think your picture of the Little Blue Heron clinched it. Love it.

Elaine said...

Beautiful photos! Your header is lovely. Chincoteague is on my list of places I'd like to go. "Misty of Chncoteague" was one of my favorite books when I was a little girl.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great pictures,complete with reflections. :)

Carletta said...

I've seen them but they are never still for me or else I scare them. :)
Nice reflection in the first one.
Really nice shots!

mick said...

Nice photos of the Little Blue Heron. I like your header photo too!

NatureFootstep said...

great shots of the blue heron.

Re the white-ringed. It is not a kiskadee. This is smaller and lives only on the Karibean side of CR

Amila Kanchana said...

Hi Eleen, A great bird,love his refection in the water!

holdingmoments said...

What a beauty. I'd love to see one of those.

Kerri said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Indrani said...

Very graceful birds. You have terrific shots.

Springman said...

Great catch Eileen! Your pictures perfectly illustrate your explanation of the Little Blue herons features. I never saw that distinctive maroon head before. How cool is that! ;-)WBW

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great pictures of one of my favorite birds in my favorite kind of place! Beautiful reflections too.

Jean said...

Very impressive captures of the Heron! Makes me wish I was there!

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Wow- excellent colors in that bird. All I ever see are Great Blues.

Frank said...

Just love the constrasting blue colours on this Little Heron.

Denise said...

He's a beauty Eileen. Great sighting and photos.

Kathiesbirds said...

Eileen, good info and shots. I haven't seen one of these in many years! Are those chincoteague ponies in your header photo? I am dying to go to Chincoteague myself!

bailey-road.com said...

Great photos of this interesting bird!

Al said...

Great photos. I love herons, but don't see them around here.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What great pictures of the little blue heron!