A Little Blue Heron at Lido Beach Passive Nature Area

I didn’t get to photograph an adult little blue heron (Egretta caerulea) until May 17, 2019, at the Lido Beach Passive Nature Area on Long Island. I had tried to see them on Staten Island when I read reports that they were there, but always seemed to miss them. I chased one to High Rock Park on Staten Island, but it was late in the evening and I only got to see the bird flying. So May 17 was great, even though I was little far out of my camera’s range.

Adult little blue heron, Lido Beach Passive Nature Area, May 17, 2019

Adult little blue heron, Lido Beach Passive Nature Area, May 17, 2019

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A Youngster on Staten Island

This juvenile little blue heron (Egretta caerulea) was stalking fish, insects and frogs at the pond at Mount Loretto Unique Area on Staten Island in the summer of 2017. The youngster looks at first to be either a great or snowy egret, but the pale black-tipped bill and greenish legs aren't quite right, and the bill length is longer than a cattle egret's.
 

Juvenile little blue heron, Mount Loretto Unique Area, Staten Island, August 11, 2017

Juvenile little blue heron, Mount Loretto Unique Area, Staten Island, August 11, 2017

Juvenile little blue heron, August 27, 2017

Juvenile little blue heron, August 27, 2017

The Filming the Feathers video shows some stalking behavior of the youngster, and shows the young heron eating a frog. It was shot on August 11, 20, 27 and September 1, and is set to guitar waltzes by Agustin Barrios Mangore, performed by Christian Silva Gonçalves and Tariq Harb, and obtained from MusOpen.org, a royalty-free music source. 

These photos were taken August 11, 20, 27 and September 1, 2017.

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