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UK- Isle of Wight - Can someone confirm this is a purple Heron please... (1 Viewer)


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Another vote for Purple Heron. Bill shape, small head. Overall jizz narrow and sinuous, so quite a reptilian feel to it.



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United Kingdom
Well I visited again today and met a fellow who was alongside me at the time, interesting his pictures are just as bad - extreme heat haze - bright sunshine.
Also met the local RSPB warden who was able to confirm our sighting of a Purple Heron in the exact spot that it had been reported on numerous occasions.
alanc posted a picture of the same bird in the almost exact same location - LL on the Isle of Wight. Thankyou to all who have taken the time to post, it has been very informative - thanks again !


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First impression for me is Purple Heron, although, as discussed above, it's difficult to discern the relevant features, apart from the general outline.

Alexander Stöhr

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Thanks especially to John Cantelo for his informative picture and to Alan for digging out the other picture, both helping with confident identification.

With the better picture, I think its safe to call this bird a 2 cy (?). Here is an older immature Purple Heron for comparison, where I got help regarding ageing from Christian Stohl and Julia Bayer (Schwetzinger Wiesen, SW-Germany, 09.04.2011)



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