I didn’t see many Little Blue Herons at Gatorland. This bird is in breeding plumage and you can see they don’t have the long, flowing plumes that the Snowy Egret (above) has. This, plus the fact that they have dark feathers, probably saved them from being hunted like the Snowy Egret was. Little Blue Herons have all white feathers during their first year. In spring, they gradually molt to the blue feathers of an adult. That can leave them kind of splotchy looking. Click on this link to see a juvenile with some blue feathers.