Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

The Little Blue Heron – (Egretta caerulea)  I took this picture of a Little Blue Heron in the shallow water off the Sanibel Causeway. The Little Blue Heron is a wading bird which means it spends most of its time looking for food to eat wading through shallow waters such as streams, swamps, marshes, roadside water trenches and other shallow water bodies. It prefers fresh water environments but spends its time around salt water coastal environments as well. It feeds on fish, insects, amphibians and shrimp. It has a grayish-blue body. reddish head and neck and gray bill. They can lay eggs 3-5 at a time which will take 20-24 days to hatch.  They are a bird species of “Special Concern”  in Florida’s Endangered & Threatened Species Rule. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a lot of useful information about Florida’s wildlife.

 

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