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A juvenile little blue heron perches on a snag over the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.
Little blue herons (egretta caerulea) are birds of quiet waters from estuaries, marshes, and tidal flats, to streams, swamps and flooded fields of the southeastern United States, coastal Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America into interior Brazil. Most birds are resident.
This small, dark, slightly built, slatey blue heron measures from 22" to 29.1" in length with a wingspan between 39.4" and 41.3." It has fairly long dark blue legs and feet, a straight pale blue spear like bill with a black tip, and rounded wings. The slender neck and head are a purplish blue.
The juvenile little blue heron is white with dullish breen legs. At the end on one year as they go through their molting process, they go through a phase where they are patchy white and light blue that makes them look pied.
They usually forage in water 2" to 6" deep feeding on small fish, amphibians, crustaceans and insects. They only wade up to belly deep in the water. They typically stand and wait for prey or creep along slowly.
They build stick nests in trees next to other nesting birds.
January 7th, 2020
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