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)
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
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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