Heron or Sandhill Crane?
Posted 16 October 2006 - 10:57 PM
This picture was taken in Tampa or St. Petersburg, FL. Specifically, the birds are flying over Tampa Bay.
To keep this fair, I won't mention which species I think they are. :P
Posted 17 October 2006 - 07:30 AM
Posted 17 October 2006 - 09:52 AM
It does look pretty interesting, the front bird looks like it has four wings and four legs! They are Great Blue Herons.
Posted 17 October 2006 - 06:59 PM
All I can say is, I've seen a lot of herons and that's what it looks like to me. So what features in particular (aside from the neck, since that's already established now) lead you to say that it's a heron?
(the weirdness of the picture is exactly why my other friend posted it to begin with...she insists it's 1 bird with 4 wings!)
Posted 17 October 2006 - 07:52 PM
You are asking a lot because your picture shows very little in the way of discernable detail other than the general shape in silhouette. The great blue heron also has a bigger head and stouter bill, and its neck is slender all the way down to where it meets the torso. It's easier if you do a side-by-side comparison. Show your girlfriend this:
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