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Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue

The Little Blue featured here is probably just a few months away from being a full adult. The white feathers are almost gone.

Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue

I find the light, almost grey colors, interesting because the bird will soon be a deep and dark blue.

Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue

The pigmentation in the existing feathers must change quickly. If the color is depending on new growth I’m guessing we would have a large number of ‘plucked chickens’ walking around the swamps.

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Getting All Pretty, Great Egret

An Egret spends half of the day preening their feathers.

Getting All Pretty, Great Egret
Getting All Pretty, Great Egret

Here the bird gave a pretty good show. Neither of us had anything better to do at the time anyway.

 

Arrival, Great Blue Heron

Of all the large wading birds nothing beats the Great Blue Heron during flight.

Arrival, Great Blue Heron
Arrival, Great Blue Heron

Their large wings have multiple layers of feathers, even a cape across their back.

Arrival, Great Blue Heron
Arrival, Great Blue Heron

In these photographs you can clearly see all the different feathers, and how they are used during this landing.

Arrival, Great Blue Heron
Arrival, Great Blue Heron

Unlike the large Wood Storks, a Great Blue almost always makes the perfect touch down.

Arrival, Great Blue Heron
Arrival, Great Blue Heron

This Heron did a silent glide right to the swamp and lightly dropped down.

Arrival, Great Blue Heron
Arrival, Great Blue Heron

Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret

This marsh was all thick Pluff mud.

Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret
Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret

And yet this Egret, all white, made an elegant landing.

Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret
Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret
Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret
Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret

Even managed to stay clean.

Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret
Look Good Even Landing In Mud, Egret

He wasn’t happy about the wind messing up his feathers, but he still looked good.

Great Egret Catches A Siren

While out near old rice fields we came upon a Great Egret as he caught a decent sized siren. (additional images at PassingByPhoto).

Great Egret Catches A Siren
Great Egret Catches A Siren

I heard the Egret before seeing him due to some pretty vigorous splashing.

Great Egret Catches A Siren
Great Egret Catches A Siren

At first I saw nothing, then the bird came out from the reeds right below my spot on a dike.

Great Egret Catches A Siren
Great Egret Catches A Siren

A Siren looks like an eel but is actually a large aquatic salamander. Some can grow to 3 feet ( 1 meter). They will fight back, have a toxic secretion, in general not an easy meal. I have seen larger Siren fight Great Blues for hours.

Below the Egret had to wait on the fighting Siren.

Finally the bird quickly flew off with his prey. A larger Heron was stalking both of them. The Heron would steal this given the chance.

Great Egret Catches A Siren
Great Egret Catches A Siren