Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pic of the Day

Little Blue Heron, Egretta caerulea (immature): Viera Wetlands; Viera, Florida
     When Little Blue Herons leave the nest they have white, feathers, but near the end of summer they begin their first molt from immature (white) plumage to adult (blue) plumage.  When the birds are in the midst of the molt they have both white and blue feathers, better known as calico plumage.  
     I have seen many calico little blues, but this is the first opportunity I have had to get a close-up photo.  I admit, it is not a great shot, busy background and an uninteresting pose. But, the plumage is interesting and thought that those of you who have never seen a calico might enjoy seeing the image.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/2500 second @ f/8