This is a little blue heron, locally called a garceta azul in Spanish. It reaches 66 cm. (26 in.) in height, with a wingspan of 1 meter (39 in.). They live in lowland aquatic regions along Costa Rica's Pacific and Caribbean coasts. This heron has found a nice perch above a river and is ready to move into position to stalk and strike at is prey
The juvenile little blue herons are white in color with a dark or greyish bill. The scientific name for the species is egretta caerulea. This is a relative of the
bare-throated tiger egret that I posted on July 16. Tomorrow I will post another egret for comparison.