Monday Blues – Little Blue Heron that is

Little Blue Heron hunting in a lagoonLittle Blue Heron hunting in a lagoon – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I don’t know how much snow fell over night here in the Salt Lake Valley because it is still dark outside and while I am truly not “blue” about it I thought some images from warmer times of a blue bird might be in order for a Monday. These images were taken at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach on what I felt was a magical day. In fact I did a post about it called “Some Days Are Magic” some time ago.

Little Blue Heron still huntingLittle Blue Heron still hunting – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

For February; even in Florida, the day was warm and the slight sea breeze was delightful. I was in the company of good friends and there were plenty of birds to photograph including this very cooperative and active Little Blue Heron. It hunted, caught and ate prey and looked gorgeous in the blue waters of the lagoon.

Little Blue Heron after missing preyLittle Blue Heron after missing prey – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

The Little Blue Heron was a terrific subject and I took quite a few images of it, these files have been sitting on my hard drive just waiting to be edited and shared.

It’s hard to be blue on a Monday looking at images of this heron!

Mia

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.

30 Comments

  1. The blue theme works well here-I love the color of the water and the bird!

  2. I have yet to see this species of heron. And I will now always associate The Blues with your thoughts from this post. You’re right … how can you be blue after this?

  3. Love to see these in flight, they look prehistoric to me! I think their nesting colonies are called rookeries (rookery).

  4. I so want to find this bird at one point:)

  5. I was hoping to really crush a Little Blue last year, since I spent a fair amount of time in San Diego (the only part of California to regularly have them) and south Florida, but I still haven’t gotten anything of this quality yet. Great stuff!

  6. Love these photos made my Monday! Thanks Mia.

  7. A most stunning bird against the calm waters. I really love the plumage color of Little Blue Herons. Exquisite detail and sharpness in these superb photographs, Mia!

  8. Beautiful blue! I love watching them hunt. So patient!

  9. Beautiful, Mia! I like seeing the bird in the deeper, calm water – a neat change from shoreline wading.

  10. Brings back memories of a warmer time too! I love these shots and the little bit of tail feather in the water. Have fun in the snow, we got some night before last and had a wonderful day hiking in it yesterday! Oh and got my second golden eagle shot and YAY it wasn’t eating dead crap either! :)

  11. I have a real soft spot for little blue herons. There is a pair in San Diego that have lived in the same area (and/or their offspring) on the SD river for years, so almost every time I go back there and visit (or when I lived there, when I’d bike on over) I’d get to see those lovely smoky blue & purple creatures. So small and beautiful and distinctive. Once I even got to see the parents their white little offspring.

    Amazing shots. =) Love the water ripples reflected onto the bird’s body. What a treat!

  12. You had me going there with the title “monday blues”. Beautiful shots Mia.

  13. Spectacular, Mia! I loved #1 best until I saw #3! :)

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