Spring Break 2018: The Little Blue Heron

Egretta caerulea, the Little blue heron;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).
Series: Spring Break 2018.

Admittedly, I’m not a massive bird fan. I should be given my adoration for the big damn archosaurs of the Mesozoic, but when it comes to today’s dinosaurian descendants, I’m a bit MEH. That being said, I do get drawn in time to time by our feathered brethren, and the herons and egrets often lure me in a bit more than most. Such was the case with this Little blue heron, Egretta caerulea, we found trolling about the shallows in Collier county, Florida. We watched it hunt about in the water for a few moments (to no avail), patiently seeking out a snack here and there. Though it came up empty-beaked while we watched the small heron, I was still struck by the elegant slickness of its plumage. When it comes to sporting a smooth coat of feathers, if you will, the Little blue heron dominates in its simplicity. Such a beautiful, lovely, and graceful species.

Egretta caerulea, 15 March 2018

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