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Sarasota News Leader June 7, 2013 "The Snowy Egret tolerates the close proximity of white Little Blue Herons more than that of dark Little Blue Herons. A white Little Blue Heron catches more fish in the company of Snowy Egrets than when alone. This relationship may be one reason why young Little Blue Herons stay white for a year. Another advantage of white plumage is that young Little Blue Herons are more readily able to integrate into mixed-species flocks of white herons, thus gaining a measure of protection against predators." Page 70 To show you how this lovely bird slowly morphs into its adult stage, I have gathered together the accompanying, revealing photographs. Whatever shade of white or blue the Little Blue comes in, nothing seems to diminish its appetite for frogs! I am particularly fond of the frog and wakame salad photo even though it did make me a bit hungry! Thank you for participating in the mystery bird guessing game!

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