Another shabby Heron?

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BajanAlan
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Another shabby Heron?

Darwin

Araminta
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Looks like a Baby.

Did you notice the cigarette butt in photo No4 next to the bird? It’s a disgrace what we are doing to our environment and our wildlife.

M-L

pacman
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yes, the Simpson & Day guide says immature has white crown & nape

I have a pic from Currumbin Sanctuary of 1 with a light grey crown

Peter

SteveM
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I can't find shabby Heron in my book.  Looks like a young Pied Heron to me. cheeky Sorry, but no one actually said what it was.

Araminta
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winkwink.....funny Steve, I was waiting for someone to say it. I also can't find a young Pied Heron "shabby" winkwink

M-L

BajanAlan
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Thanks guys

raysimula
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A young Pacific Heron maybe? The Pied Heron has a dark crown. Ray

Araminta
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The young Pacific Heron has a greyish wash on the neck, and the foreneck is more heavily spotted Ray.

The juvenile Pied Heron has both head and nuchal crest white. Hackles and plumes are absent.Only the adult Pied Heron has the dark plumes on the head.

M-L

BajanAlan
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Hi Ray Pacific Herons r twice the size of Pied Heron!

raysimula
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You mean I'm wrong!! thats the first time thats ever happened.Ray

Araminta
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What do you want me to do about it Ray?winkcrying?

M-L

dwatsonbb
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Thought I was wrong ONCE, turned out I was only mistaken!

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

pacman
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dwatsonbb wrote:

Thought I was wrong ONCE, turned out I was only mistaken!

therefore you were wrong by thinking that you were wrong when you were right

pic attached of juvenile or is that immature Pied Heron (Currumbin Sanctuary)

Peter

SteveM
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Definitely all Pied Herons. My guess would be the birds in post #1 are immatures, & post #13 is a juvenile.
Besides being much smaller, they do look remarkably like White-necked (Pacific) Herons, but White-necked Herons, juveniles & adults, have mostly black or grey-black legs & bills.
Are those Pied Herons at Currumbin Sanctuary, captive or free roaming? They would be a good sighting here in NE NSW.

pacman
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captive Steve, in the big aviary, I really wanted to get a wild young one whilst in NT

Peter

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