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Old Jun 19, 2007, 4:53 PM   #1
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Taken with inexpensive point & shoot.

Looking to ID the Bird

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Old Jun 19, 2007, 5:23 PM   #2
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Hi Ed,

My first guess is that it's a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron. I've seen a few, but they look somewhat like the Green Heron Juveniles, so I'm not 100% sure. I will say that it's got to be one of the two.

BTW, Nice Pic! -- I enjoy photographing Herons the most, I would say.

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Old Jun 19, 2007, 5:24 PM   #3
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Looks like a Green Heron - quite a bit smaller than the ones you usually see.
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Old Jun 19, 2007, 9:14 PM   #4
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yep, greenbacked heron.. it's the same as the nest i've been posting. i've got another nest of the same bird being incubated as i write this.

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Old Jun 20, 2007, 12:43 PM   #5
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Yes, it is a Green-backed Heron, but an immature, whose heavily streaked plumage could lead to confusion with a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron or even an American Bittern. Size in photographs can bemisleading - with a very few exceptions, a bird must be full grown before it can fly (tail feathers can be shorter, though,which mightmakeit appear smaller).
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