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Jul 28, 2018 03:24 as a reply to  @ post 18672043 |  #16

Well, I'll be! I learned something, too. Shucks, before we're done, we'll have Craig wondering if he even saw a bird!:-D
Al, ever photographed a Snowy up there? Would probably have great habitat included.


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Jul 28, 2018 07:31 |  #17

ardeekay wrote in post #18672289 (external link)
Well, I'll be! I learned something, too. Shucks, before we're done, we'll have Craig wondering if he even saw a bird!:-D
Al, ever photographed a Snowy up there? Would probably have great habitat included.

No, Rog, I haven't. I checked the MN Ornithologists' Union occurrence maps and Snowy sightings seem centered in west-central MN, along the MN and Red Rivers, and I don't get down there in summer. My best chance would be in SW Manitoba when we make a bird trip there in May. But again, though they are reported occasionally, it would be no sure thing to go out and find one.


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Jul 28, 2018 11:32 |  #18

Oh, I saw a bird, all right! ;-)a

I may have just spotted an adult blue in flight while returning home.
Too brief a glimpse to be certain.

I'll keep a lookout for the white one, hopefully grab a clear shot for proper ID.


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Jul 28, 2018 13:22 |  #19

is this one? Saw him at a nearby park the other day. I don't know anything about birds.


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Jul 29, 2018 18:48 |  #20

chris001 wrote in post #18672505 (external link)
is this one? Saw him at a nearby park the other day. I don't know anything about birds.


That would be a young Night Heron there; good captures. I *think* it's yellow-crowned vs black-crowned, from the bill/head proportions; but, I don't know them well enough to solidly make that call.


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Jul 29, 2018 19:16 as a reply to  @ Snydremark's post |  #21

Checking Wikipedia, I would agree with you, Eric, YCNH. But again, real iffy. But have never seen either variety out in broad daylight feeding. As name indicates, somewhat “evening prone”.


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Aug 03, 2018 17:18 |  #22

Well, I seem to be spotting 2 or 3 different birds here.
I can't be sure, not being a birding enthusiast. :rolleyes:

Both the following images were again grabbed with a 50D and a 1970's-vintage Soligor 400/6.3 lens.

First up is this high-noise shot taken on August 2.
It seems close to adulthood, and was obviously hunting for food.
I saw it strike a couple of times, but I wasn't fast enough with my trigger finger.
I was still in "gee-gaw" mode for this, so ISO and aperture makes the shot suffer.
50D, ISO 2000, 1/1600, Soligor 400/6.3 @ 6.3

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Next is from today.
This one seems to be bigger than the one spotted on the 2nd,
but perspective may have played a role, since it's on the fence rail
on my side of the pond instead of the opposite.
This one also appears more juvenile to me, with the mottled plumage
and lack of refining marks. I somehow suspect it's the first one I shot,
though I cannot possibly be certain.
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I managed to remember to change ISO and aperture more appropriately for this shot/set,
which makes an obvious difference in overall image quality.

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Aug 08, 2018 17:20 |  #23

Agree, a juvenile GBH. We have lots of them around in NW FL right now.




  
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Aug 09, 2018 20:11 as a reply to  @ chris001's post |  #24

I believe that it's a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron juvenile. The Black-Crowned juvenile has a darker head. Additionally, the Yellow-Crowned has longer legs and a shorter bill.




  
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Aug 13, 2018 20:25 |  #25

Dano_nav wrote in post #18681187 (external link)
I believe that it's a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron juvenile. The Black-Crowned juvenile has a darker head. Additionally, the Yellow-Crowned has longer legs and a shorter bill.

I agree. I think the density of spotting/streaking tends towards Yellow-crowned too.


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