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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