Little Blue Heron color changes

I found a Little Blue Heron – Egretta caerulea in Ponce de Leon Park this afternoon. It was showing full mating colors with a brilliant patch of blue before it’s eyes. Once mating season is over this will fade to a more normal color. Just click on the images for a larger view.
When young, Little Blue Herons are actually white and are often confused with Snowy Egrets which are about the same size. The gradually go through a dappled phase as their blue coloring comes in.


About birds n' bugs

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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5 Responses to Little Blue Heron color changes

  1. Rich Cavanagh says:

    What about any beak color changes? I have been following one who had a yellowish beak. Others seem to have a blueish beak. Is this actually a different bird, or does maturation also bring changes in beak color?

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