Little Blue in a Florida Lagoon

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Little Blue Heron in a tidal lagoonLittle Blue Heron in a tidal lagoon – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

While I was away late last month a Little Blue Heron was spotted by Norm Jenson and his wife Gail at Glover Pond near where I live. The Little Blue caused quite a stir because the wading bird was well out of its normal range but by the time I came back the heron wasn’t being spotted any more. I had hoped to photograph one here in Utah because I enjoyed photographing them so much while I lived in Florida.

I looked through my images and found this frame of a Little Blue foraging in a tidal lagoon late in the evening at Fort De Soto’s north beach on December 1, 2008. I remember how cold the water was that night, how I shivered sitting waist deep in the lagoon and how silly I felt because I had left my change of dry clothes at home and had to drive 45 minutes in stinky, sandy and very wet clothes to get there. I missed the Little Blue Heron in Utah but I have fond memories of the day I photographed this one as the sun began to set over the Gulf of Mexico.


2016-12-07T12:09:10+00:00August 11th, 2014|Categories: Birds, Florida, Fort De Soto County Park, Little Blue Herons|4 Comments


  1. Elephant's Child August 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you for your dedication/obsession. I am so very grateful that you sat in icy, stinkiness to bring us this image.

  2. Utahbooklover August 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

    How exciting to see a bird out of its normal range. I read (Kaufman Field Guide) this medium-sized heron is very similar in size and shape to Snowy Egret, which I have seen.

  3. Lois Bryan August 11, 2014 at 7:34 am

    What a little sweetheart … have to tell you, I don’t think I’ve ever sat in smelly, salty icy water for a shot … and not sure I ever will … hats off to you, girl!!!!!!!!

  4. Dave Sparks August 11, 2014 at 5:34 am

    The colors in the water really make a great BG for the Little Blue. They are beautiful birds and I enjoy watching them too.

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