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Which bird is this?

Postby Bubbles » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 12:28 am

I have tried to post a pic of an enormous bird which flew into a tree in my garden today, because I don't know what it was. No luck again, attaching pic, so will describe it.....for the UK folk....not sure if it was a UK bird though.

It was whiteish coloured, very long neck, huge wingspan, much larger than any bird I'd seen, bit like the size of a swan. The top of it's head had a sort of plume of black on, and at the base of its head it had a sort of trailing ponytail. Looked a bit like a heron. Could it have been one?

Any ideas?
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Postby Plavt » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 12:45 am

You need to get that picture posting sorted out Bubbles, could have been a buzzard the way you have described it - only kidding. :P :P :D :D

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Postby Saint » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 1:09 am

Did the long neck bird look anything like this :?

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Postby tiki » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 1:47 am

It's a Karen bubbs :P
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Fine-feathered friends

Postby Giselle » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 5:05 am

In pecking order:

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Grey Heron

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Great Egret

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Black-crowned Night Heron

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Little Egret

http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/birds/birds.htm

Take your pick!

Hmm...Little Egrets are common but have no plumes of black, neither do the Great Egrets.

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Postby Quasimodo » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 9:25 am

Should ask Cheekybeek.

Yup, I know the girl with the rings around her neck - her name is Karen.
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Postby tiki » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 9:31 am

I have a feeling, with photos provided by Giselle, that it's the Grey Heron. Sorta fits with Bubbs' vivid description.
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Postby Quasimodo » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 10:39 am

tiki wrote:I have a feeling, with photos provided by Giselle, that it's the Grey Heron. Sorta fits with Bubbs' vivid description.


trust you to be all serious and to the point - you are starting to scare me with your maturity.
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Postby tiki » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 11:07 am

Quasimodo wrote:
tiki wrote:I have a feeling, with photos provided by Giselle, that it's the Grey Heron. Sorta fits with Bubbs' vivid description.


trust you to be all serious and to the point - you are starting to scare me with your maturity.


I wanted to say...

'Based on Bubbs description and after studying the different mullets, I believe it's the Grey Heron. I have seen similar mullets on the streets of Cardiff, usually with a half pint in hand.'

..but I had a wonderful breakfast.
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Re: Which bird is this?

Postby dot dot dot » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 12:03 pm

Bubbles wrote:I have tried to post a pic of an enormous bird which flew into a tree in my garden today, because I don't know what it was. No luck again, attaching pic, so will describe it.....for the UK folk....not sure if it was a UK bird though.

It was whiteish coloured, very long neck, huge wingspan, much larger than any bird I'd seen, bit like the size of a swan. The top of it's head had a sort of plume of black on, and at the base of its head it had a sort of trailing ponytail. Looked a bit like a heron. Could it have been one?

Any ideas?


Bubbs,

Stay off the sherry in the morning, ok? :wink:

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Postby Plavt » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 3:57 pm

tiki wrote:I have a feeling, with photos provided by Giselle, that it's the Grey Heron. Sorta fits with Bubbs' vivid description.


Strangely a memory came back to me quite unexpectedly of when I was a schoolboy and lived in the English countryside next to a river. We used to see herons quite regularly and it does fit with Bubble's description although I never saw one so close up that I would have know all the features.

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Postby Saint » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 4:19 pm

Quasimodo wrote:
tiki wrote:I have a feeling, with photos provided by Giselle, that it's the Grey Heron. Sorta fits with Bubbs' vivid description.


trust you to be all serious and to the point - you are starting to scare me with your maturity.


I keep telling Tiki he should get out more :lol:

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Postby madwolfie » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 4:21 pm

For a start, tiki's taking the step and going to the FNDC this week (perhaps) :lol:

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Postby Bubbles » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 4:38 pm

Thanks so much everyone. Promise I'll get the pic attaching sorted this w/e and post the pics I took of the bird.

From the pics Giselle sent, it's definitely the Grey Heron. It was so huge though, quite scary to see a bird that size in the garden here as we're near the sea and gulls or sometimes a hawk or grouse type birds are the largest we see. It perched at the top of the tallest tree and sort of surveyed the area for about 15 minutes. It didn't flinch or worry even with me snapping at it.

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Postby Cheekybeek » Thu, 30 Mar 2006 8:15 pm

Bubbs, if you're having toubles with the photo hosting try www.tinypic.com and post the img link into your post here, I usually find tthis easiest.


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