This is a very young Little Blue Heron. Looks white, you say? Well that’s how they look when they first begin their life. Gradually over the next year, the white feathers will turn to a mottled pattern and eventually the full overall blue coloration will be complete. They often mix with Snowy Egrets and can be mistaken for them. You can tell them apart by the color of the legs and bill.
This one was taken from the bridge entering the nature walk and fishing pier at Ponce De Leon Park in Punta Gorda.
Tech data: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300mm VR, 1/250 at f8
Beautiful photos and interesting content.
p.s I love herons down in the bay. I had one heron, Harry Heron, who used to hang out on a kayak I had in 2007. He gave me comfort at night, knowing he was there, as I would often, and still do, get spooked by the sounds that boats make at night.