Saturday, August 15, 2015
A Day with the Heron Clan
Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Great Blue Heron
0715-0945/70-82 degrees/partly cloudy/light and variable winds
This was a spectacular day for herons and egrets--five Great Blue Herons and the same
number of Great Egrets were seen, as well as one Green Heron. The Little Blue Heron had
been spotted in The Northern Reaches a few days prior. As you can see, Little Blue Heron will
transform into a blue bird. The youngest version is all white with black edges on the primary
feathers, which is rarely seen. In its second year, it is sexually mature, and begins to morph with
blue splotches on the white feathers. As a third year bird, it will be a stunning in its gorgeous slate blue and purple-red plumage with a blue bill.
Green Heron is still in the vicinity, and when I was most doubtful, there it was in all its glory, just
waiting to be photographed.