One of my all time favorite bird patterns is the little blue heron “tweener” phase. This is the in between time when the bird is transitioning from an all white juvenile, to an all blue adult. I particularly admire the checkerboard patchwork of blue and white that the heron is displaying during what may possibly be considered an adolescent period.
So yesterday I was quite pleased to see this tweener come flying in across the salt marsh. I hoped that an adult might also fly into view in the same area so that I could show the difference and sure enough…within a short amount of time an adult little blue also flew in across the marsh.
They do look very different. Nice to see the Tween. Lovely flight photos.
Thanks, glad you liked the flight shots. They do look different, but I really like that tweener phase.
Belli questi scatti in volo!!
Grazie Pat, glad you liked these photos!
Yeah, gotta keep a close eye on those teens…I love the variation when he expands his wings
Oddly, they seem to calm down a bit more by the time they reach this stage. As all white juvies though, they can get a bit rambunctious!
How absolutely beautiful is that. Cracking photos Phil.
Well I appreciate that and glad you liked seeing these interesting birds in flight!
Wonderful shots. I love the patchwork look of the youngster.
Thanks. This blue and white phase is a real favorite of mine, always enjoy seeing these guys. 🙂
Sure does look like a transitional phase. Love that network of colors — lovely!
They are quite attractive birds in this phase!
What great contrasting pictures! Both stages are simply beautiful! This really has to be one of my favourites (as you know, Phil)!
We have been very happy that several little blues started to arrive in out area just this week. Everything has been late so far this season. We are expecting the spoonbills any day now but they could also be late so who knows?
Beautiful flight, and beautiful creature and photo, thank you Phil
Well I’m very happy you enjoyed seeing the little blues!
Remarkable, almost harlequin-like. Excellent photos of little blue!
I’m really happy you enjoyed seeing the variations of the little blue! Thanks!
We don’t have little blues here, so I’m happy to see ANY little blue, but your little little blue is the best!
I can certainly understand why you like that phase.