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Old Thursday 13th February 2020, 14:41   #1
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Heron in Fflorida

I didn't take these pictures. They were posted on Facebook asking me to id. the bird. I don't have lot of details but am 90% sure that they were taken in Florida recently. My first thought was Great Blue Heron with a bad exposure or trick of the light but looking at it Gray Heron definitely comes to my mind. I'm trying to get more details.
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More information. This was seen at the junction of Salt Springs Run and Lake George. That would still be in Marion Co' and in the Ocala National Forest.
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The one picture I see shows an adult Great Blue Heron, photographically overexposed.
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The one picture I see shows an adult Great Blue Heron, photographically overexposed.
Similar to my conclusion.
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great blue heron....
in Florida, filled with herons, I was happiest with getting to see and photography the Red Heron
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Yup, I agree. Great Blue Heron!
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great blue heron....
in Florida, filled with herons, I was happiest with getting to see and photography the Red Heron
What's a Red Heron? Do you mean the Reddish Egret?
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The two species are quite similar. Some differences are described here: https://frank.itlab.us/TBL/Harvestin...0202p24-33.pdf

I don't think 100% confidence is possible from this photo. There have been reports of vagrant Grey Heron on the "wrong" side of the Atlantic, though I don't think there have been any in Florida.

But there's nothing in the photo, that I can see, that would make me question the more likely scenario: it's a Great Blue Heron.
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