Little Blue Heron

While paddling my kayak this morning I came across three Little Blue Herons. Two of these tres hombres were quite shy and took to wing before I got within camera range. But one was absolutely calm in my presence and just kept fishing along the waters edge. The bird was in classic breeding colors (hint, look at the head, neck and bill), making it a very handsome model. These and Reddish Egrets are my favorite large wading birds. I’m always thrilled when I get to observe them. Below are a few photos from the encounter.

Little Blue Heron on Taylor's Creek

Little Blue Heron in breeding colors.

Rachel Carson Reserve is home to many interesting birds.

Little Blue along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.

Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron found along North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks.

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  1. Rick Zurbriggen on Facebook May 9, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    That looks like a Reddish Egret to me.

  2. In breeding colors the Little Blue Heron looks very similar to the Reddish Egret. Notice the blue hue on the bill and the long, filiment like plummage coming off the top of the subject’s head… those indicate Little Blue rather than Reddish.

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