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Great Blue Heron
Preformative (first Fall) molt in the Great Blue Heron is protracted and often suspended during the winter resulting in peculiar plumage combinations. E. g. this one shows an adult crown pattern but also retained juvenile wing coverts with white spots on the feather tips. Largest of the North American herons, it is similar to the smaller Gray Heron of Eurasia and Africa but can be distinguished by the Great Blue's vinaceous neck color and longer legs. This is the large, pale race "A. h. wardi" breeding throughout Florida and the southeastern US.
Location
Flamingo Gardens, Davie, Florida, USA.
Date taken
05 February 2024.
Scientific name
Ardea herodias
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Category
North America
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jmorlan
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Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Focal length
117.9 mm
Exposure time
1/250 second(s)
ISO
500
Filename
GreatBlueHeronIMG_5469.jpg
File size
624.2 KB
Date taken
Mon, 05 February 2024 10:34 AM
Dimensions
1024px x 1017px

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