Colorful Little Blue Heron

Colorful Little Blue Heron

A bright sun is one of the few ways to actually see the different colors in a breeding Little Blue. Most times of the year they are so dark a bird can lose most colors completely.

Colorful Little Blue Heron
Colorful Little Blue Heron
Colorful Little Blue Heron
Colorful Little Blue Heron

Breeding changes the shades of their neck and head to a magenta. Even nicer is how different shadows makes their long bill purple and almost transparent.

Colorful Little Blue Heron
Colorful Little Blue Heron

They are one of the few wading birds to hatch multiple young. Egrets and Great Blue are lucky to have two survive. These guys can have four healthy, and very hungry, chicks.

I think they work harder than any of the other waders to raise young.

Taken at ACE Basin, South Carolina.

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