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Little Blue Heron juvenile

Little Blue Heron juvenile

I’m fascinated with birds. In another universe, I am dedicated to them.

In these images, this coming-to-adult Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) was alone slowly pacing and fishing at a brook that falls in one of the lagoons nearby home. They are completely white with pale greenish legs when younger than one year. This one is transitioning to the blue-grey plumage they have when becoming adults. This species is about 60 cm (24 in) long, with a 102 cm (40 in) wingspan.

I saw this bird from the distance just standing by the end of the brook. I crouched and approached among bushes to get behind to a nearby tree just some 8 feet from the bird, keeping movement to minimal because these egrets are really scared of humans. Talk about stillness!

I was wearing all white clothes, which makes a little more difficult for the bird to see you. At one point, slowly but surely, I got myself in front of the tree. It’s fun to see the bird getting jumpy by the click of the camera.

After a few clicks, I decided to try catching her launching and flying. When ready, I just have the bird be aware of me, and she launch. This image above is one of 8 images I captured within two seconds.

It’s pure good luck this one is in focus. I’m not that good. 🙂

For more info about this beautiful medium-sized bird, visit this Little Blue Heron page at www.allaboutbirds.org

Taken with a Nikon D750 with an AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED.
Edited with Apple Aperture and Affinity Design.

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Little Blue Heron juvenile

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© 2017 César Alsina

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