ID Challenge #7 - closes 14 January 2011

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ID Challenge #7 - closes 14 January 2011

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:10 pm

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Re: ID Challenge #7 - closes 14 January 2011

Postby Richard Schofield » Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:13 pm

Kink in neck, black of gape extending past eye, and shallow angle of forehead all point to White Heron (Great Egret)
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Re: ID Challenge #7 - closes 14 January 2011

Postby harrier.talon » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:58 pm

White heron

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Re: ID Challenge #7 - closes 14 January 2011

Postby craigsteed » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:20 pm

The background cattle I hope is just a good trick to put us off, I'm going with a White Heron - neck kink and black line of gape beyond the eye... at least I've got to be more on track than last months effort!
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Re: ID Challenge #7 - closes 14 January 2011

Postby tim » Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:14 pm

Intermediate Egret, shorter neck and smaller
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Re: ID Challenge #7 - closes 14 January 2011

Postby ledzep » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:51 pm

White Heron/Kotuku. Although it is in a field with cattle it is too large for a Cattle Egret and it has a snakey neck. The black line of gape extends past eye so isn't an Intermediate Egret.
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Re: ID Challenge #7 - closes 14 January 2011

Postby Shane McPherson » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:35 pm

im going for great egret
egretta alba
the 2 key features, size and neck length are not discernable in this photo so makes its a tricky one

to assume that the other features for either intermediate or great:
the leg colour and worn filoplumes suggest transition between breeding to non-
gape extends behind eye
pale upper leg
bill length is not stubby enough to convince me of intermediate
nor is the bill red enough for an intermediate near beeding plumage.
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Re: ID Challenge #7 - closes 14 January 2011

Postby GrahameNZ » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:07 pm

Thats easy I thought to myself...........Cattle Egret, after all there is a cow in the picture.
But then I had a proper look and realised the neck is too long so my guess....
Intermediate Egret, Egretta intermedia.
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Re: ID Challenge #7 - closes 14 January 2011

Postby Byrd » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:40 pm

I have been sitting mulling over this bird for days now, and I'm just as confused as ever. The only choices are intermediate egret and white heron. It "looks" smaller than a white and the neck looks like the right length for an intermediate rather than a white. But the orbital skin goes behind the eye which is a characteristic of the white heron and the line of the gape quite clearly goes some way past the eye rather than ending below it as it would in an intermediate egret. So I'm going to have to say that even though I get a good feel for intermediate egret for it on its apparent size and posture, I'm instead going to have to choose white heron (with the neck at an angle that makes it appear shorter)

Answer: white heron (great white egret if you prefer)
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Re: ID Challenge #7 - closes 14 January 2011

Postby mark ayre » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:15 am

well i think it may be an intermediate egret

cheers mark :roll:

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