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Old 01-27-2010, 09:05 PM   #11
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I agree Hedgerowe, neck is very different from night herons.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:42 PM   #12
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I'm searching and searching. If it is a heron, I'd say immature GB or Yellow-crowned Night or the one below but I can't see enough detail in Equil's pic. Shape very much like this

Little blue heron photograph by Scott Bourne
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:50 PM   #13
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Also similar to Bosque Crane
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:05 PM   #14
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Pictures of the night heron's necks extended are rare, but folding their necks is a heron thing - cranes don't fold their necks when they fly, but herons always fly with their neck folded.

This page has a picture of a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron with it's neck extended - read the comment at the bottom:

Birds Of The Texas Panhandle: Black Crowned Night Heron
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:16 PM   #15
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Very interesting, swamp thing, thanks for that info!
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:20 PM   #16
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Sorry Sage, cross-posted...PBASE has almost four thousand Black-crowned Night Heron pictures but only a small handful show the neck extended:

black crowned Photos at PBase.com

Black-crowned Night Heron,juvenile photo - Tom Merigan photos at pbase.com

Black-Crowned Nght Heron photo - jscris photos at pbase.com
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:36 AM   #17
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Side by side they look awfully similar...
Anyone know what this bird is???-img_0394.jpeg
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Anyone know what this bird is???-little-blue-heron-photograph-scott-bourne.jpeg
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Maybe a juvenile?
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:03 AM   #18
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I'll be seeing them today at Sanibel, will try for some decent shots
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:46 PM   #19
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Immature Little Blue Herons are white, though

Little Blue Heron fledgling Sparkle Clark - Nature Scenes of South Carolina--Sparkle Clark Photography
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:20 PM   #20
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Could it be a Willet?
Willet, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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