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cattle egret ??

cattle egret ??
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Copyright: sangram mohite (sangram) (73)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-21
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-23 4:03
Viewed: 1528
Points: 2
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The Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), commonly abbreviated to just Night Heron in Eurasia, is a medium-sized heron found throughout a large part of the world, except in the coldest regions and Australasia.

Immature birds have dull grey-brown plumage on their heads, wings, and backs, with numerous pale spots. Their underparts are paler and streaked with brown. The young birds have orange eyes and duller yellowish-green legs. They are very noisy birds in their nesting colonies, with calls that are commonly transcribed as quok or woc, woc.

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I am surprised to see that there has been no response to this posting. Your bird is a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax, very recently fledged judging by the down on it's head. These birds turn up in some strange places, including the edges of garden ponds and swimming pools. It's a charming picture, but would have benefited from a little sharpening before posting - easily done.
Best wishes, Nigel.

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