Eye color patches in Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets

Today I got a great closeup shot of a great egret with the green coloration that shows up when mature adults are ready to mate.  The other day I got a shot of a Great Blue Heron in it’s blue coloration.

Just for comparison, here are two shots of each.  The mating coloration on the left and normal on the right.

   

     

It’s just one of the interesting things you can learn about birds.

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Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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