Discussion in 'No Words' started by john_sidlo, Oct 11, 2004.
I think this is a Little Blue Heron - Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Boston
(this was supposed to be "nature" - not pentax)
John It looks more like a great blue heron.
Any bird experts out there? I don't think it was a great blue mostly because it was only about 2 feet tall. (had to look it up in an Old Peterson Bird guide, so that shows what I know)
Maybe it was an immature great blue - based on the yellow on the bill and the white on the head (see http://www.mbr- pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/i1940id.html
Dallas area bird
John Having lived in SW Florida, 20 minutes from Ding Darling, for 9 years prior to moving to NM, I've seen my share of wading birds and I also have a wildlife degree. A little blue heron is very uniform slate blue in color, about 18 inches in height and does not have that massive of a bill as your subject. Yur subject looks a lot taller than 2 feet but definitely a great blue heron. It is also known as the blue phase of the great heron because the great white heron is biologically the same bird, different color. I may have a slide of a little blue but can't scan it until late tonight.
Little Blue Heron
Love that second little blue, Brian - looks like those birds can manage some binocular vision. And thanks for the expert analysis.
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