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Old Aug 21, 2006, 8:43 PM   #11
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it is a Great Blue, though it appears to be either molting or an immature bird. mature Great Blues have a couple of long, almost stringy-looking feathers that hang from the crown of their head toward their backs... they're primarily found along the coasts, and in marshy estuaries, but can be seen anywhere there's a reasonably good-sized body of water. here's close-up of a mature adult, showing the crest...




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Old Aug 21, 2006, 8:46 PM   #12
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Thanks Squirl033, maybe someday he will a pretty thing.

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it is a Great Blue, though it appears to be either molting or an immature bird. mature Great Blues have a couple of long, almost stringy-looking feathers that hang from the crown of their head toward their backs... they're primarily found along the coasts, and in marshy estuaries, but can be seen anywhere there's a reasonably good-sized body of water. here's close-up of a mature adult, showing the crest...
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Thanks Kenn and Rocky for confirming the Great Blue Heron. When I dug out my bird book, and looked more closely I suspected it was the GBH in some stage of molt or development.

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P.S. Rocky, your photo looks more like the one in my book.
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Old Aug 22, 2006, 11:25 AM   #14
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Murphy's law and the Chama, New Mexico valley.

We have two lakes close by Heron Lake & El Vado Lake.

I see and take a picture of a Blue Heron that doesn't have any Blue.

A Blue Heron you would think would be found at Heron Lake??? Nope he was at El Vado.

It is nice to know "Old Murphy" still lives around here.

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