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Old 01-27-2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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I took this photo at the Kanaha State Waterbird Sanctuary on Maui. I can't figure out what this bird is. I know it's a shorebird but not much more than that. We're going back to the sanctuary in a couple days before we leave so I'd like to know what it is if anyone can help me out.
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:54 AM   #2
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It might be an immature bird or a Pacific form of another bird. Most such places have brochures or at least lists showing what birds are seen there. Good luck and enjoy your visit!
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:11 AM   #3
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You're going to Hawaii!?!??!! Wow - enjoy your visit!
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No idea, Equilibrium, but you're right, it has that shorebird look (the look that says "I can see you, you little fish...")
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:00 PM   #5
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Sort of like a crane or Ulili (Wandering Tattler). I don't know just guessing. You are missing the return to single digit temperatures and more snow. Enjoy that sunshine for us...gloria
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It looks like an immature heron. This is from the Hawaiian bird list on wikipedia; sorry, the links won't work:
PS, (A) means accidental, very few sightings, and (I) is introduced

My guess is an immature Black-crowned Night Heron. It's unusual to get a picture with the neck extended like that, but I think that's what it is.

It surprises me that Hawaii has about the same herons as we do here.
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I'd be surprised if it's a heron. Surprise me!
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There's really nothing else it could be - there have been sightings ("accidental") of Sandhill Cranes in HI, but Eq's picture doesn't look like a crane
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I think it is a juvenile night heron.
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Gosh, the length of the neck seems so different, Kildale (not that I know a thing about them--I don't).
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