It’s is amazing how wildlife kids transform, how this juvenile little blue heron is pure white and within a year will turn all blue.
The photo above is one of two juveniles with one of the parents not far behind.
These are wading birds that forge for minnows, crayfish, and frogs on the edges of marshes and ponds.
Wading Bird. They can be found in both freshwater and saltwater areas, though more species tend to favor freshwater habitats. Bogs, marshes, mudflats, shorelines, ponds and flooded areas are all popular habitats for wading birds, and they can even be found in urban and suburban areas such as along golf course ponds. Source: https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-a-wading-bird-387103
So how to tell if you are seeing a Little Blue? Legs and beak… The legs are greenish and their beak has bluish tint color with a dark blue tip.
The Little Blue Heron… super neat transformation this heron goes through. When they are juveniles their feathers are completely white with dusty bluish tips and going into their immature to an adult stage they begin molting; feathers start changing.
Like any wading bird, most spend a considerable amount of time preening.. and those are the best photo ops!