CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) Juvenile
Despite the name, these birds are white during their first year.
Hanging out in Florida native long leaf pine tree (Pinus palustris) at my neighbors place, overlooking their pond.
Diet: “Little Blue Herons eat mostly small fish, supplemented by a variety of small amphibians as well as crustaceans, grasshoppers, dragonflies and other invertebrates. Types of fish prey vary by region, and may include anchovies, killifish, gobies, perch, darters, bass, minnows, carp, and others. Invertebrate prey may include crayfish, prawns, isopods, crabs, and a wide variety of insects.”
My take: A Heron By Any Other Name Would Be Easier To Identify