White-faced heron with white neck, Kaiaua

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White-faced heron with white neck, Kaiaua

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:18 pm

Sighting from Angela and Jim Cassels, yesterday, via Keith at Miranda. I'll try to add photos but it may have wait till I get home.

"Re the White-necked Heron it was photographed in a field on the shore side of the road between Waharaou Regional Park and Kaiaua. The view in the other direction from the little car park,from which we photographed the heron, is shown in the first image."
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Re: White-necked heron, Kaiaua

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:39 pm

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Re: White-necked heron, Kaiaua

Postby George Hobson » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:00 pm

I really hate to he a doubter, and I know I'm not entirely qualified to say this.... But could it be a weird White-faced Heron?

The amount of white on the neck looks weird for a white necked? And all the other colours look almost identical to white-faced, apart from the unusual amount of white of course?
Just a thought.

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Re: White-necked heron, Kaiaua

Postby Oscar Thomas » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:22 pm

I agree with George. Looks more like a form of leucism. For comparison:
I suppose it comes down to the bird's size or if better photos are taken.
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Re: White-necked heron, Kaiaua

Postby sav » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:23 pm

Hi all,

Afraid George is right. Its not a White-necked Heron (and there is a really good reason why I didnt write "white-necked heron"!!??).

Apart from the fact that it has a white neck, everything else is wrong.

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Re: White-necked heron, Kaiaua

Postby Liam Ballard » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:53 pm

Dangit. Thought I had a chance at ticking that one.
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Re: White-necked heron, Kaiaua

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:28 pm

Happy to be corrected. Posting from my phone and can't really see much on it.
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Re: White-necked heron, Kaiaua

Postby sav » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:59 pm

Hey Neil,

There's no criticism, real nor intended. I for one would rather have a hundred alerts like this than miss the big one that someone didn't post because they weren't sure!

So thanks for posting in the first place.

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Not A White-necked heron, Kaiaua

Postby Liam Ballard » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:23 pm

Thought I should change the title so no one else freaks out. I thought it was a white necked heron too... are there any other cases that anyone knows about where this has occurred?

Bound to make all the international birders that turn up this summer pretty happy...should someone put a sign up or just let them have their fun?... :)

EDIT: Can't change the title anyway...
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Re: White-necked heron, Kaiaua

Postby Grahame » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:33 pm

I'm very much with Sav on this, its my sentiment entirely.

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