Little Blue Heron

Egretta caerulea

ML171552041



eBird Checklist S58819700
Taylor Bait Farm
Penobscot, Maine, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 44.898, -68.7243 Map

Age
Juvenile
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Comments

Observation details

A juvenile found 4 August by Steve Mierzykowski was still present when we arrived and foraged around the perimeter of the south pond, one time flying north and over to marsh to the east (but returning shortly). Medium-small heron/egret that was all white, only the tips of the outer primaries showing dusky (dark gray on tip of outer web and more extensively on tip of inner web, the central area at the tip on the ventral side white). The legs were dull olive-yellow becoming brown (stained) toward olive-yellow toes. The toes seemed very large. The tarsus showing ringed scales. The beak was sharply pointed and straight. The loral skin at the base of the maxilla was dull, pale yellow; ahead of that was a pale blue-green wash grading into the dull, pale pinkish bill base; the tip was dark (blackish). At one point the bird yawned, opening its mouth wide towards us. The mouth-lining was bright pinkish-red. The irides were whitish. The crown often showed a squared-off look with a slight short crest and the rear crown. The bird was rather stocky but still elegant and deliberate in its foraging manner.

Technical Information

Model
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lens model
EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
f-stop
f/8.0
Focal length
400 mm
Shutter speed
1/640 sec
ISO
320
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
1,929KB
Dimensions
2400 x 1600

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