The Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) is a small heron belonging to the family Ardeidae. These herons breed in the Gulf states of the United States, through Central America and the Caribbean south to Peru and Uruguay. It is a resident breeder in most of its range, but some northern breeders migrate to the southeastern US or beyond in winter. There is post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range, as far as the Canada–US border.
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands. It is a rare vagrant to coastal Spain, the Azores, and areas of far southern Europe. An all-white population found in south Florida and the Florida Keys is known as the Great White Heron. Debate exists about whether this represents a white color morph of the great blue heron, a subspecies of it, or an entirely separate species. The status of white individuals known to occur elsewhere in the Caribbean, and very rarely elsewhere in eastern North America, is unclear.
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I like that little blue heron a lot, HJ.
When small they have white plumage. Thanks, Tom. 🙂
The little blue heron is striking. What a deep blue!
Yes! Thank you very much. Chris. 🙂
That could be the bluest Little Blue Heron I have ever seen! Good job! 🙂
Thanks so much, Lisa. 🙂
Apart from the fact that they’re both herons and have “blue” in their descriptive monikers, the Little and Great Blue Herons are quite distinctly looking!
They are distinctly different! Thank you , D. 🙂
Both nicely captured HJ, especially love the GBH lush habitat shot! 😊
Thank you, Donna. 🙂