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01/28/2009 03:52:52 PM · #1
I've been trying for hours searching field guides and online. Any help would be appreciated.
It's some kind of shorebird, taken on the Central Coast of California (Morro Bay).

thanks

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01/28/2009 04:01:37 PM · #2
heron - possibly a juvenile green heron
01/28/2009 04:02:35 PM · #3
juvenile green heron
01/28/2009 04:06:31 PM · #4
Originally posted by krnodil:

heron - possibly a juvenile green heron


I think it could be some kind of heron, but the feathers are sooo different. I don't know how much they would change as it ages. Pretty obvious I'm NOT a birder!!!

Thanks for your response.

r
01/28/2009 04:08:52 PM · #5
juveniles can look really different from adults, and also adults can look very different depending on the season - not sure if the latter case applies specifically to green herons...

curious, how close were you able to get to him? Green herons are usually very shy and easily disturbed (all herons are, that I know of)
01/28/2009 04:14:27 PM · #6
Originally posted by krnodil:

juveniles can look really different from adults, and also adults can look very different depending on the season - not sure if the latter case applies specifically to green herons...

curious, how close were you able to get to him? Green herons are usually very shy and easily disturbed (all herons are, that I know of)


I just looked up the original... wasn't taken in Morro Bay, but Cambria (close enough!!!). I was on a bridge, maybe about 50 feet away. Since I was up high, he/she didn't notice me.

For now I'm going with a juvenile Green Heron! Thanks.
01/28/2009 04:17:48 PM · #7
How about a Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron? heron pics

or a Juvenile American Bittern.
01/28/2009 04:23:57 PM · #8
Originally posted by brownsm:

How about a Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron? heron pics

or a Juvenile American Bittern.


those pics look promising...
01/28/2009 04:24:06 PM · #9
Originally posted by brownsm:

How about a Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron? heron pics

or a Juvenile American Bittern.


THAT's HIM !!!!! Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Don't know why that didn't show up in all my research!

I can finally get this off my brain!

01/28/2009 04:29:58 PM · #10
Morro Bay area is known for its population of Green Herons; they actually breed there, I believe. Been around a long time. I'm pretty sure that's a juvenile.

R.

ETA: I guess it does look like juvenile Night Heron also, sigh... I'm more familiar with the Greens, and that's what i thought it was as soon as I saw it. I used to hang out around Cambria, Morro Bay, San Simeon a LOT, back in the day.

Message edited by author 2009-01-28 16:33:14.
01/28/2009 05:21:19 PM · #11
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

I used to hang out around Cambria, Morro Bay, San Simeon a LOT, back in the day.


I remember you saying that once..... a long time agp, back in the day!! :)

Thanks for the confirmation.

regards,
Roland
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