Thursday, May 28, 2015

Little Blue Heron

I have previously blogged about how Little Blue Herons are unique in having different color phases for first-year (white) and adult (dark) plumages. The species seems relatively uncommon compared with other egrets and herons, but they tend to be secretive and solitary, so censusing them tends to be difficult (Rogers et al. 2012). I am always surprised, however, to find Little Blues perched on treetops, like this one Erika and I photographed in Rockport, Texas, last March. My first thought is usually “Green Heron,” which this bird clearly is not.

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