Monday, October 2, 2017

Little Blue Heron

Happy Monday,

I had a nice new theme picked out and my critter linky was not compatible. So, I had to change the theme again.  I am not sure how much I like this one, but maybe it will grow on me until I find another.


My wild bird this week is the Little Blue Heron. I have seen this bird in Florida and in Maryland. These are some various shots of the juvenile and adult Little Blue Herons.

The Little Blue Heron is 24inches long, is blue-grey in color with a purplish head and neck.


The Little Blue has a long pointed bill with a black tip.


The young juvenile Little Blue Heron is all white, with greenish legs. They turn the blue-grey color as they mature.










I hope you enjoyed my photos and post.
As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes


Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

64 comments:

diane b said...

Its one of my favourites. Great shots.

Mildred said...

Good Monday morning, Eileen. These are amazing pictures. Enjoy the new week.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

The Herons are so beautiful. I like them in every color, but the Little Blue heron is so cute. Happy Monday, and enjoy your new week ahead!

Christine said...

Herons are magnificent birds! Great photos of each one, Eileen but I think there's something extra special about the pure white juveniles! Lovely shots!
Happy Monday!

Crissi said...

Great shots Eileen!
Happy day Crissi

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Excelentes fotografias destas belas aves.
Um abraço, boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
I like this theme too, Eileen... I tend to just 'dress' my blogs rather than changing the themes as such... much less trouble! And herons are always a winner YAM xx

✿ chica said...

Que lindo esse azul..Bem diferente! Adorei todas as fotos! beijos, linda semana,chica

Stewart M said...

I really like herons - We had a few of two different species down on the coast last week - but only when I left my longer lens at home of course!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Phil Slade said...

Good morning Eileen. Those Little Blue Herons are just beautiful. It's rather strange that they change colour from white to blue like that. It must confuse some newere birds?

Have a great week ahead.

Karen said...

That is fascinating to see the young blue heron's snowy white feathers. Happy first week of October to you, Eileen!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Love these guys. Great shots. Wishing you a wonderful week

Tom said...

...what great shots.

Maggee said...

I always find myself looking forward to seeing these guys in early spring, as they are so striking in color than all the rest! Great shots! Thanks for sharing!

Sandra said...

my blog is the same as it was the day I creaed it in 2008. I tried to change it but never did. even when I have comments about not likeing black and it being hard to read. it is easy for me to read so I leave it. I did for the first 3 years change the page background to match each post, but then I realized it matched that post but all the others looked odd. that said I do like the new look here, like the colors a lot

Lynne said...

Maybe birds “change colors” just like people . . .
Herons seem to have graceful in their makeup.

Debbie said...

both of these birds are favorites of mines!!! beautiful captures!!!

magnoliasntea said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen! I'll have to keep watch around our waterways for them migrating. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

Lois said...

A beautiful bird! One of my favorites.

Carol Blackburn said...

Eileen, I love your Heron photographs. I had no idea the while ones were just younger ones. Learn something new every day! I hope you have a great day.

Florence said...

Aren’t they gorgeous!! We have them here on the Texas Gulf Coast too. I never knew the juveniles were all white.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Eileen

I never knew that juvenile blue herons were white when they were young! Thye are magnificent birds to watch--such good fishermen and so amazing in flight.

Have a wonderful week!

Denise inVA said...

I saw one once, your photos are a lovely memory of that time. Interesting how their color changes from white to that lovely adult plumage. Marvelous photos Eileen. Have a great week :)

amanda peters said...

Stunning photos a joy to see...
Amanda xx

Nancy J said...

Beautiful, from baby to adult, gorgeous when the three are together.

Janneke said...

Wow, this is a beautiful one, the difference between the juvenile and the adult is amazing.

Linda W. said...

Such cool birds! Great photos.

RedPat said...

Super pics, Eileen! Such a handsome bird.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots! Unlike the great blues, these ones don't get up here.

Bob Bushell said...

Fantastic Heron and Egret, thanks Eileen.

Pam Jackson said...

Great shots Eileen. I so do love to watch birds.

depraton said...

I really enjoyed your photos. I've never seen a blue heron, only the grey one. Thanks for sharing.
- Nadja

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love little blues ... and your pictures are great! Juvenile ID is soooo hard for me. Thanks for sharing all you know .. I hope I remember about the green legs. (We only see these birds in Florida, not here in the pacific northwest, so I'll have to remember for a little while.)

ellen b. said...

Wonderful photos of these birds. I love the blue heron. I think they should name a paint color blue heron. I'd like to paint something that color!

Betsy Adams said...

I love the Blue Herons.... I saw one a couple of times---the latest was a year ago in the Peaks of Otter lake...... Awesome bird... AND--thanks for sharing the little ones with their different colors... NEAT.

Hugs,
Betsy

Mary Hone said...

I love this new theme! I also like the herons. Such prehistoric looking birds.

Michelle said...

Herons are so beautiful. I love their shape and color.

krishna said...

It is amazing, the blue herons born white, but they turn blue, as the grow..

rupam sarma said...

Lovely pics :))
Greetings

Lady Fi said...

Such graceful birds! Lovely shots.

Anu said...

Eileen, these are so beautiful and great photos. What an awesome bird! It is amazing that the juvenile is white. Thank you!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, specially the one at the top of the post

italiafinlandia said...

Compliments for your herons. This blue one is unknown to me. Nice to discover beautiful new things in Nature. Have a good week!

Jeanie said...

I always love your nature photos and herons, especially grab my heart.

Missy George said...

Great Heron captures..esp the juvies...Thanks for sharing..Enjoy your day..

Linda said...

Beautiful captures, Eileen! I love your posts and photos. Thank you so much for sharing.

Angie said...

Eileen - fantastic shots, as always. Thanks for pointing out the differences!

Klara S said...

Beautiful shots.

happyone said...

Wonderful pictures of the heron.

mick said...

Great photos and very interesting to see how that heron changes color with age. The detail of the color of the beak in your first photos is really great. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog.

The Yum List said...

What a lovely shot of the blue heron balancing just so on the log.

Michele said...

WOW, Eileen - boy oh boy did you capture some amazing birds!

I cannot even imagine being so close to any one of those amazing creatures!

Small Kucing said...

Good afternoon, Eileen. you did it again . Great shots. :)

Sussi said...

wonderful photos! Interesting that it changes color

Lea said...

Great photos!
The first one is my favorite
Have a wonderful day!

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
Lovely picture of the heron family!
The Blue heron is gorgeous!
Great outing obviously!!
Take care, all the best :)

Prunella Pepperpot said...

How amazing that the little blue heron changes from white to blue!! I think I like its colouring more when it has matured. Fabulous photos!!
Have a wonderful Wednesday Eileen :)

A Colorful World said...

Just beautiful! Thanks, Eileen for posting my link last week when I had trouble. I didn't realize you had, and posted again. Thanks so much for hosting the critter meme...I really enjoy it and now that we are in OR I can find more animals to share.

Cloudia said...

oh these are wonderful

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous nature shots Eileen ~ Love the heron ~ ^_^

A Shutterbug Explores ~ aka (A Creative Harbor)

♥ Anni ♥ said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Eileen!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Lovely shots as usual ( and interesting for us that don't have these birds in our location :)

Rambling Woods said...

I love herons but didn't know about this heron....I love the eyes....great photos Eileen...Michelle

Giga said...

I love the herons, and they are shown pretty. I am still waiting for hip surgery and am still in stress. Regards.

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