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Little Blue Heron

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Little Blue Heron

This photograph was taken in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida on July 25, 2009. This is a Juvenile transitioning into adult plummage. Click on Photograph to Enlarge.

Whatbird: Medium-sized heron with slate-gray body and purple-blue head and neck. Eyes are yellow and bill is dark gray with black tip. Legs and feet are dark. Sexes are similar. Juvenile is initially all white, becoming peppered with dark gray as it molts to adult plumage.

Diet consists of fish, frogs, lizards, snakes, turtles, and crustaceans such as fiddler crabs, crayfish, and shrimp, aquatic insects, and spiders. When swamps and marshes become dry, it eats grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, and other grassland insects; forages by wading in shallow water.

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