Egret,type bird?

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3 years 1 month ago #86895 by billbrooks
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What is that bird?
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3 years 1 month ago #86900 by billbrooks
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Perhaps a western cattle egret?

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3 years 1 month ago #86916 by nkgray
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I believe what you have there is a stork of some sort. Difficult to tell exactly what without clear definition of the underwing contrasts.

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3 years 1 month ago #86928 by billbrooks
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I saw it fly over at 6:00 in the morning, perhaps I can try again.

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3 years 3 weeks ago #87039 by billbrooks
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Saw it again, either black-headed heron or grey heron
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3 years 3 weeks ago #87040 by billbrooks
billbrooks replied the topic: Re: Egret,type bird?
As you can see, it has a white and black under wing with half of its head black with a red eye.

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3 years 3 weeks ago #87041 by nkgray
nkgray replied the topic: Re: Egret,type bird?
Well, your second bird is definitely a Black-headed Heron - that 1/3 black trailing edge to the wing separates it from all other Highveld herons.

Notice the way it flies with its neck pulled back into an S-shape - that is also a good pointer to look at when first you are trying to decide which family to place the bird in. That S-shape points you towards herons and egrets rather than storks. Notice also that in your first image the bird does not appear to have a folded neck - that is one of the 2 reasons I went for possibly a stork of some sort. The other reason is the way the tail is held in flight. Storks usually hold their tails in that "square" shape whereas herons/egrets tails are more compact in flight - this is of course a broad generalisation, but the more of these these little pointers one gets to know, and can use in conjunction, the easier ID becomes.

So the ID of your first bird remains a mystery - I do not believe the photos are of the same species.

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3 years 3 weeks ago #87042 by billbrooks
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I'll keep trying, Makes it more of a mystery, adding 2 to my list instead of one is great!

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3 years 6 days ago #87092 by billbrooks
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