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Jul 18, 2018 16:28 |  #1

Spotted this guy fishing frogs or fish in the pond behind my apartment.
I believe it's a blue heron, but I'm not sure.
ID/confirmation would be appreciated.

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Jul 18, 2018 16:52 |  #2

It is. Called Grey Heron in some parts of the world, I believe.


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Jul 18, 2018 16:59 |  #3

greenjeans wrote in post #18665512 (external link)
Called Grey Heron in some parts of the world, I believe.

I don't think I've ever heard of these being called grey herons,
but I thank you for the confirmation, Mr GreenJeans.

There's a white heron I've spotted here too, so I'm keeping the camera near a tripod
at the ready by the window. ;-)a


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Jul 18, 2018 17:22 |  #4

Grey Heron is a Eurasian species, very similar to our Great Blue's but different. Certainly have a GBH; appears to be a young one from the markings I see there.
https://www.allaboutbi​rds.org/guide/Great_Bl​ue_Heron/ (external link)

Your white bird is, most likely, a Great Egret rather than a Heron; although, they also appear very similar.
https://www.allaboutbi​rds.org/guide/Great_Eg​ret/ (external link)


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Jul 18, 2018 17:54 |  #5

Many thanks for further clarification, Eric.

Here's what the bird did before he cleared out;
taken through a Tokina-made Soligor 400mm f/6.3 from the 1970's:

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Jul 18, 2018 20:43 |  #6

SkedAddled wrote in post #18665550 (external link)
Many thanks for further clarification, Eric.

Here's what the bird did before he cleared out;
taken through a Tokina-made Soligor 400mm f/6.3 from the 1970's:
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Yup; they're awful doofy for being such large birds :)


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Jul 20, 2018 18:04 |  #7

Snydremark wrote in post #18665647 (external link)
Yup; they're awful doofy for being such large birds :)

It seems you're correct on all counts, Eric.

He/she displayed some goofy antics before heading out,
and your link clearly shows differences between juvenile & adult.

While I haven't spotted the white one(s) for more than a glimpse yet,
I believe it to be an egret after viewing the provided link.
So thanks for the information, sir.

I also have plenty of mallard ducks and Canada geese here,
as well as the occasional wild turkey.
I think I'll keep a long lens and a tripod at the ready for the more unusual
sightings around here. The old Soligor seems to do well. :-)


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Jul 20, 2018 19:15 |  #8

SkedAddled wrote in post #18666965 (external link)
It seems you're correct on all counts, Eric.

He/she displayed some goofy antics before heading out,
and your link clearly shows differences between juvenile & adult.

While I haven't spotted the white one(s) for more than a glimpse yet,
I believe it to be an egret after viewing the provided link.
So thanks for the information, sir.

I also have plenty of mallard ducks and Canada geese here,
as well as the occasional wild turkey.
I think I'll keep a long lens and a tripod at the ready for the more unusual
sightings around here. The old Soligor seems to do well. :-)

Keep us posted :) I would say the old lens is doing just fine for you from that output!


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Jul 21, 2018 15:57 |  #9

Snydremark wrote in post #18666998 (external link)
Keep us posted :) I would say the old lens is doing just fine for you from that output!

Many thanks, sir. I'll want to improve my sharpening and general processing skills,
but yes, these old well-built lenses can do a great job of imaging.


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Jul 21, 2018 16:39 |  #10

I suspect this is a slightly immature Great Blue heron, common in MI. Take a look at the middle photo here:

https://www.allaboutbi​rds.org/guide/Great_Bl​ue_Heron/id (external link)




  
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Jul 23, 2018 19:57 |  #11

DLeeT wrote in post #18667581 (external link)
I suspect this is a slightly immature Great Blue heron, common in MI. Take a look at the middle photo here:

https://www.allaboutbi​rds.org/guide/Great_Bl​ue_Heron/id (external link)

Yep, this ^. The bird is a Great Blue Heron. Grey Heron, mentioned in posts above, is an Old World relative. It looks virtually identical, but, as Snydremark said, it's actually a different species.


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Jul 24, 2018 16:05 |  #12

DLeeT wrote in post #18667581 (external link)
I suspect this is a slightly immature Great Blue heron, common in MI. Take a look at the middle photo here:

https://www.allaboutbi​rds.org/guide/Great_Bl​ue_Heron/id (external link)


Jack Dawe wrote in post #18669102 (external link)
Yep, this ^. The bird is a Great Blue Heron. Grey Heron, mentioned in posts above, is an Old World relative. It looks virtually identical, but, as Snydremark said, it's actually a different species.

Thanks, guys.
Eric posted the same link, but I missed his mention of the difference between Blue & Grey.

I've seen blue(s) out here before, and they've all looked the same, so they're juveniles.
It's be nice to shoot an adult, but maybe this is a 'training ground' for the juvies - ? ;-)a


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Jul 27, 2018 15:37 |  #13

Well Craig, you have a lot of info to process from this 1 thread. Let me add 1 more tidbit:

the white bird, the the Great Egret(I was once told do not call it a Great White Egret) might actually be Snowy Egret, About 1/2 to 2/3rds the size with a black beak; the Great E. has a yellow beak. Believe Snowies are in Mi. Also,a Snowy in breeding plumage is jaw-dropping!


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Jul 27, 2018 15:46 |  #14

Oops, shoulda checked before I started yakking. The Snowy Egret doesn’t stray far from our coastlines in the U.S. Sorry.


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Jul 27, 2018 16:54 |  #15

ardeekay wrote in post #18672007 (external link)
Oops, shoulda checked before I started yakking. The Snowy Egret doesn’t stray far from our coastlines in the U.S. Sorry.

Perhaps not in any great numbers, Rog, but Snowies regularly turn up, for instance, even in Minnesota and Manitoba.


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