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#1 schwett

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:55

i'm sure someone will tell me what type of bird this slightly funky looking guy is.

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#2 Mike G

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:47

I think maybe an adolescent Heron
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 14:29

Great Blue Heron. Nice shots!

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:50

thanks for the ID! the little antennae like things coming off the back of the head are interesting.

it's also not particularly blue!
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:16

The antennae are plume feathers!

he/she is not blueish because its a baby. :good:
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 17:46

thanks for the ID! the little antennae like things coming off the back of the head are interesting.

it's also not particularly blue!


Agreed, more Bluish-Grey than Blue. And very high contrast makes it difficult to expose properly. Thus I typically darken these birds 1/2 stop in post-processing so the subject is not overexposed compared with the background

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 17:59

Unusual, new to me, pose of the bird sunning after an hour of sucessful fishing. (hmmmm not able to imbed a picture!?)

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#8 Millirehm

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 18:03

The next question would have been, where the shot had been taken. Their relatives here the (smaller) Grey Heron look similar on the first view, but lack of the reddish feathers. Both species share the same common sunning position
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 22:45

From the photos is hard to differentiate both species. It seems a Grey 2nd-winter juvenile.


There are a number of small differences, including the presence of some rusty coloration on Great Blues. Most reliable place to look for this is on the thighs, though it's often evident on the wing-coverts and neck. Yours has rusty thighs, rusty tips to several wing feathers and a slight rusty hint on the neck, and is a Great Blue Heron.


However, the two species have very different ranges so unless you're looking for rare vagrants, the identification is easy based on range. Great Blue Heron is a North (& Central) American species that's an extremely rare vagrant to Europe. Grey Heron is primarily a Eurasian species. I believe they've become regular in parts of Central America but they're extremely unusual in North America.



​So tell us where they have been taken and the mystery should be solved.


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