Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Day with the Heron Clan

                                                          Juvenile Little Blue Heron


                                                            Juvenile Great Blue Heron

                                                                  Mourning Dove

                                                                    Green 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.