Saturday, January 26, 2008

Name That Bird





We have some occasional visitors to the creek behind our house. These pictures don't really do the majestic birds any justice, but I just couldn't catch a shot of the amazing wingspan. When their wings are spread, they actually look blue. I've often wondered exactly what kind of bird this is. Anybody out there have any clue?

6 comments:

Melissa said...

First, because of the neck, I thought it might be some kind of cormorant. Now I think it may be a Great Blue Heron or another heron that's closely related. -That's about as good as I'm going to get ;)

Melissa said...
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Melissa said...

Look...

See? Not all the Great Blue Heron pictures look that similar to yours, but some do.

momof3gr8kids said...

Melissa, I think you're right! After looking at the photo you sent and some of the others out there, I'm convinced. Especially because in the description it says that their wingspan can be about 6 ft. wide, and that sounds exactly like our little friends. Thanks!

TIV: the individual voice said...

We get Great Blue Herons in a nature preserve near me and their wing span reminds me of those dinosaur birds, pteradactyls, I think. They fly in slow motion, so elegant.

momof3gr8kids said...

Tiv- They're majestic, aren't they?