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Old Jan 9, 2010, 11:42 PM   #11
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i just looked it up on the net little blue heron juveniles are white
similar to snowy egrets
I should looked first
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Old Jan 10, 2010, 12:23 AM   #12
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are you sure its not an egret
they look like herons but are white
not sure which ones you have over there though
What's in a name? John, at least as far as the names go, the only obvious difference between a heron and an egret is three letters! Most egrets have longer plumes in the breeding season, but there are lots of exceptions, and color is no guide whatsoever - there are herons that are white some of the time and others that are white all of the time, and the same applies to egrets - except that there might be more of them. The occurrence and/or persistence of white in stages and/or phases in these birds actually makes for an interesting evolutionary study.

And, GW, you might want to revisit the ID in #2.
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Old Jan 10, 2010, 9:27 AM   #13
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Excellent series GW, all well taken.

Love the second shot. The purple flowers bring out the colors in the bird.

That blue jay looks like he is ready for anything with his legs planted apart like that.

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Old Jan 11, 2010, 1:29 PM   #14
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What's in a name? John, at least as far as the names go, the only obvious difference between a heron and an egret is three letters! Most egrets have longer plumes in the breeding season, but there are lots of exceptions, and color is no guide whatsoever - there are herons that are white some of the time and others that are white all of the time, and the same applies to egrets - except that there might be more of them. The occurrence and/or persistence of white in stages and/or phases in these birds actually makes for an interesting evolutionary study.

And, GW, you might want to revisit the ID in #2.

LOL, that's the second one you caught me on Pen! Glad you caught that, I actually posted a Tri color first then changed it because it looked bad after posting. Then I forgot to change the title.

Besides, what's in a name?
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 1:34 PM   #15
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Excellent series GW, all well taken.

Love the second shot. The purple flowers bring out the colors in the bird.

That blue jay looks like he is ready for anything with his legs planted apart like that.

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Thank you Lou,
I like it too but wasn't sure others would, it was a pretty heavy crop!
Yeah, Mr. blue jay has an attitude!
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Yes the first is an immature Little Blue Heron, Black bill gives it away, in a short time it will become spotty blue and white and then of course Blue in the second year.

Great batch of photos.
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Nice shots GW, Gives me ideas for my trip to Port Charlotte FL. next month, It's been kind cold to be walking much up here in Michigan
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Yes the first is an immature Little Blue Heron, Black bill gives it away, in a short time it will become spotty blue and white and then of course Blue in the second year.

Great batch of photos.

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Nice shots GW, Gives me ideas for my trip to Port Charlotte FL. next month, It's been kind cold to be walking much up here in Michigan
Thank you Hans,
I know what you mean about too cold... that's why I moved here!
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Love the second one. The colors are great
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