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#1 RustyE

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 12:17 PM

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Taken yesterday, I'm 99 percent sure I have this ID right. Not the greatest picture as my camera could not reach that far and I used some digital zoom.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 12:28 PM

Looks good. I don't know if I could completely rule out an immature Little Blue Heron from this shot.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 12:41 PM

Ah, I had not even thought of that. I looked through some of the other pictures and not once did any of them have a foot shot. One had a spot of black on the tail, but it was standing on one leg and I could have been seeing it's leg and not a juve tail of a LBH. I was taking a shot of a Great Egret and he's in the foreground.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 01:50 PM

I would be willing to rule out Little Blue and say yes this is a Snowy. The legs look too dark, the bill seems too uniformly dark, and I am seeing a crest tuft off the back of the head where a Little Blue would be completely smooth. That's how I see it.

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Edit: Forget what I said about the bill, neither bird should be completely dark in the bill... However I do still think its a Snowy.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:07 PM

Looking at that last photo, I see a Great Egret in the background, a Snowy Egret on the right, and what may be a young Little Blue in the foreground (based on what appears to be dark tips to the primaries).

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:50 AM

Pretty certain the first bird is a Snowy. In addition to Benjamin's points, this bird appears to have yellow skin in front of the eye and possibly some leftover breeding plumes.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:16 AM

But the legs don't look black.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 02:12 PM

Ok, here is the same bird in the second photo but in this one he is turned to the side and I see no black in the feathers, so I'm still thinking Snowy. If looking carefully, I think you can see the right leg raised and the feet look black too.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:27 PM

The legs look greenish to me when I enlarge it. Also, a snowy wouldn't have black feet.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:00 PM

The bill looks bi-colored in the first photo, which would suggest immature Little Blue Heron. Did you see any feeding behavior?

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:03 PM

The legs look greenish to me when I enlarge it. Also, a snowy wouldn't have black feet.


Agreed, if the feet aren't bright yellow it must be a LBH. I'll defer to Barn Swallow and her enlargement on the leg color :) (They looked black to me in the tiny version!)

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:44 PM

The legs look greenish to me when I enlarge it. Also, a snowy wouldn't have black feet.


Yellow feet would clearly point toward Snowy Egret but feet can be covered by mud so a lack of yellow isn't always a good field mark especially with a distant photo like this one.




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