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Old Sunday 23rd May 2010, 16:43   #26
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Ryder - you need to free up some space in your pm box.

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Old Sunday 23rd May 2010, 16:49   #27
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Little miffed as to why there has been little feedback from the people who seen the bird at the site.

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Two possible reasons - maybe not many of them look at BF, and maybe they, like me, got such poor views that they can't offer much.
There has been a bit of email discussion and I have forwarded you some messages and photos.

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Old Sunday 23rd May 2010, 21:17   #28
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Two possible reasons - maybe not many of them look at BF, and maybe they, like me, got such poor views that they can't offer much.
There has been a bit of email discussion and I have forwarded you some messages and photos.

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Thanks Steve, Very much appreciated being a fairly new birder this bird has been a real pain.

Freed up some space revived email with thanks.
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Old Sunday 27th June 2010, 18:09   #29
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The posture is that of a grey heron and the colouring closest to a 1st year juvenile, although obviously still far too dark. The legs seem a bit darker than normal and (to me at least) rather short. Has anymore been seen of this bird over the past month? The records described here suggest an elusive bird who likes to hide. The note about the bird pointing its bill upwars also indicates a wary animal: this is typical bittern behaviour, trying to disappear in the reeds.

The notes about a (different) dark heron in the area last year suggest this bird could be its offspring. If so, a hybrid is possible, as an abnormal animal may not do well in competing for mates and so plausibly has a higher chance of hybridizing. Bittern comes to mind. There is a story about an imported group of dark-morph reed egrets being released n Germany a long time ago, and this could play a role in dark hybrids.
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The posture is that of a grey heron and the colouring closest to a 1st year juvenile, although obviously still far too dark. The legs seem a bit darker than normal and (to me at least) rather short. Has anymore been seen of this bird over the past month? The records described here suggest an elusive bird who likes to hide. The note about the bird pointing its bill upwars also indicates a wary animal: this is typical bittern behaviour, trying to disappear in the reeds.

The notes about a (different) dark heron in the area last year suggest this bird could be its offspring. If so, a hybrid is possible, as an abnormal animal may not do well in competing for mates and so plausibly has a higher chance of hybridizing. Bittern comes to mind. There is a story about an imported group of dark-morph reed egrets being released n Germany a long time ago, and this could play a role in dark hybrids.
Hi thanks for you reply!

This bird still seems to have some people torn, It hung around for a couple of weeks think it is maybe gone now. There are some photos and video of the bird out there but seems it will forever just be labeled a Ganky grey heron.

To me the bird is was and still is plain bizarre, I have seen the "good" photos and the video, Would love to nail this for sure but hey not going to lose anymore sleep over it!

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Maybe too obvious, but could Purple x Grey hybrid be a possibility?

This Purple's bill isn't far off: http://www.sundancevillas.co.uk/imag...le-Heron-1.jpg
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