Monday Blues – Little Blue Heron that is

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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

30 Comments

  1. Julie Brown February 1, 2013 at 4:09 am

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

  2. Ingrid January 30, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    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?

    • Mia McPherson January 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      I can’t be blue after seeing these Little Blue Heron images either Ingrid!

  3. Sally Wood January 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson January 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Sally, I agree they do look prehistoric!

  4. Rohrerbot January 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson January 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      You never know when a Little Blue will show up Chris, I hope one does for you soon!

  5. Seagullsteve January 29, 2013 at 12:39 am

    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!

    • Mia McPherson January 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      I have faith that you will get some facemelting shots of Little Blues soon, then I can drool over them! Thanks for commenting

  6. LaNelle January 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Love these photos made my Monday! Thanks Mia.

  7. Prairie Birder January 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Lovely series, Mia!

  8. Julie G. January 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    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!

    • Mia McPherson January 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Julie, it was such a great day and the birds were super too

  9. Wally January 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

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

    • Mia McPherson January 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks wally, they are really patient birds.

  10. Tami Vogel January 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

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

  11. Sherry in MT January 28, 2013 at 7:58 am

    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! 🙂

    • Mia McPherson January 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Yay Sherry on the Golden Eagle!! I can handle the snow, I love it but these gray cloudy or foggy days are wearing on me.

  12. biobabbler January 28, 2013 at 7:51 am

    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!

    • Mia McPherson January 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Little Blues are wonderful and I love seeing their white chicks too biobabbler! Thanks much for commenting.

  13. Bob Bushell January 28, 2013 at 7:13 am

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

  14. Steve Creek January 28, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Great captures Mia!

  15. Beverly Everson January 28, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Spectacular, Mia! I loved #1 best until I saw #3! 🙂

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