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Heron, Grey

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by renard » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:09 pm

And the last ones:

11. Grey Heron
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:13 pm

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Unread post by Spotted Cat » Thu May 27, 2010 11:08 pm

Can anyone help me please? I am totally in the dark with this one!

It was quite a distance, so I had to do a great deal of cropping. :slap:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Fri May 28, 2010 12:09 am

Even tho your photo looks very light (is it possibly a bit overexposed as well as cropped?), it looks to me like a grey heron .... A great egret or a blackheaded heron would have dark legs, so grey heron seems most likely.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Spotted Cat » Fri May 28, 2010 12:42 am

Thanks arks :) It is a horrible photo!! Micetta is right, it looks like a ghost!


Although overexposed, it definitely looked very white (at a distance) :? hence my confusion :wall:

*edit* Had a look at "proper" photos and agree with you, will edit on my TR :)
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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Fri May 28, 2010 4:52 pm

Grey heron :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by KobusF » Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:34 pm

I took this on 18 June at Biyamiti hide. Is it a Grey heron? (I see no black stripe on his head and his legs look darker!).

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Unread post by anne-marie » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:26 pm

to me Great Egret :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by DotDan » Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:18 am

Mmmm, interesting Kobus.... I would guess that Grey heron is correct, but don't rule out Juv Black headed heron...

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Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:32 am

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by louis dreyer » Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:56 am

I would go for Grey Heron juv.

Look at the dark line under the eye.

Another reason for my answer, the eye it self is yellow as the eye of the black head juv is black.
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Unread post by Batmad » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:26 am

Leucinistic Grey Heron :D
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Re: Heron, Grey

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:57 am

The Grey Heron forms a superspecies with the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) of North America and the Cocoi or White-necked Heron (Ardea cocoi) of South America, all being very similar. They are species that diverged from one another in isolation and have remained largely or entirely geographically separated. Taxonomists group such closely related species with no overlapping distributions into a superspecies.

Superspecies are especially interesting because they represent a "snapshot" of the process of speciation – evolution caught in the act!
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Re: Heron, Grey

Unread post by flying cheetah » Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:16 am

Wow, I never expected A Heron could get 25 or 35 years old :)
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Re: Heron, Grey

Unread post by Nico » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:31 am

Grey Heron kill in KrugerPark, Lower Sabie, Sunset Dam. The Grey Heron caught a big fish and swallowed it after some struckle. :shock:



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