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I got one but not sure it's what I think
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Posted By: photolady95, 06-10-2011, 09:17 AM

It is. I think it's an immature Great Blue Heron as there was an adult bird near it.


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Anyone have an idea?
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Hi Mar,sure looks like little blue heron.Great blues resembles moms/dads.
Immature GB's plumage is bit darker than mature.Something I should of
remembered when I seen MC's series here titled "Heron fishing"...mature GB's
have black head cap split down middle by white line of plumage,immature GB's
are solid black,as they mature,cap 'splits'.If you have a look at that series you'll
see what I mean.
Cool pic BTW
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Thanks Bill. As I said, the reason I thought it was immature GB is there was an adult near it, but not with it. And thanks for compliment too.

Paleo Pete also shot some immature little blues but his were all white, another reason I didn't think immature Little Blue Heron.

I doubt he'll be around next week when I get the new sigma 100-500mm so I can try again with further reach. This one was a bit out there from the dock I was on, and the photo itself is heavily cropped.

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Bill, i got a positive ID on this bird. You were half right, it's a Little Blue Heron, but a first spring adult version.
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I think you are right photolady.
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Yeah, me too. I found the answer on cornell's birding site, in the description of the Little Blue Heron.
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My mistake Mar,neglected to mention that,just tried to give answer you ask for.
This is one from few weeks ago.

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It's seems strange to me that birds have different stages, but I guess all birds do, I just never paid that much attention to the fact that they do until I started photographing them.
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As you mention your bird being 1st spring,in other places,with other folks
might be called 2nd year bird.If you have a chance,check out ring-billed gulls,
really gets crazy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by BillM Quote
If you have a chance,check out ring-billed gulls,
really gets crazy.
Yes, I have photographed those before. As far as that goes, ID'ing any gull can be daunting in itself.
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