The Little Blue Heron

Continuing to get to know my Florida wildlife a little better today with my friend here. When I was first told he was a little blue Heron, I thought they meant a baby Heron. Alas, that was the proper name.  You will find Little Blue Herons in the shallows of marine and freshwater marshes. I found this friend above wading in the everglades. Notice the slate blue plumage and the long neck and legs.
This little guy was on the banks of the Saint Lucie River in Stuart, Florida. He looked like a Heron, but where was his long neck? He was simply just sitting with his neck tucked in. I didn’t realize they could do that. I clearly have not been paying that much attention to my featured friends. At first I thought this was a different species of bird. I’m learning! I didn’t realize Herons could change their appearance so drastically. Now that I do know, I think that’s pretty impressive, giraffes certainly can’t do that.

Herons are an unusual looking bird, yet a common sight around Florida waterways. However, there were twice as many of these beautiful birds 40 years ago. Their population is in decline due to loss of feeding habitat.

This is another bird that I wasn’t exactly sure what he was. As I noted in the purple gallinule post, I decided to get to know the subjects of some of my photos better and to keep track of new birds I encounter.

The Little Blue Heron gets marked off my Checklist of Florida Birds.

The Purple Gallinule

Came across this fellow in the everglades. He’s a Purple Gallinule. It may sound like I knew his name upon sighting, but I really had no clue what he was, which is why I decided to write about him. I often take photos of creatures and places I know little about, but those photos inspire me to get to know my world a little better. So, here’s a little bit of info that I learned about this bird.

The Purple Gallinule is otherwise known as a Swamp Hen or known locally as a Yellow Legged Gallinule.

Purple Gallinules are members of the Rail family and found in tropical wetlands. Their long toes help them navigate the lily pads in their wetland environments.

I also found this great Checklist of Florida Birds while researching this water bird and decided to see how many I can spot.

Port St Lucie, the town I live in, is actually a bird sanctuary. So, there you go, great place for amateur birding to begin.

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