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Discussion: The green heron is...

in: PG; PG > 2020-07-09

Jul 10, 2020 12:20 AM # 
...brown, right? Or is that a trick of the light?!

I've been loving our daily walks to the Cemetery which is now an arboretum at the end of the street. Plenty of painted turtles, a great cormorant, and a heron with a fluffy crest that I haven't yet identified. Plenty of other smaller birds I'm completely unfamiliar with too.
Jul 10, 2020 12:34 AM # 
Dark green on the upper side of the wings, so it depends what angle you are viewing it from, and also the light, and also whether it has its neck stretched out or not.

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Jul 10, 2020 6:36 PM # 
Becks, is this your fluffy crowned heron?
Jul 14, 2020 2:11 AM # 
I wonder if ours is a juvenile - the coloring is similar but there is substantially more fluff!
Jul 14, 2020 11:22 AM # 
Anything I'm not sure of, I always try to get a photo, or several photos. May not be in perfect focus, or show the best angle, but it really helps. And you learn a lot too.

Juveniles (and often females) are usually less distinct.
Jul 14, 2020 9:43 PM # 
I did see (on the All About Birds site I linked to above) a photo of a non breeding male adult blue heron with lots of fluffed out feathers.

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