A Scrapbook of Bird Identifications - waders

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Many of these birds vocalize with croaking, groans or grunts.

Black-crowned Night Heron

mostly nocturnal, plumage unique
Glossy Ibis

brownish bill, dark iris (White-faced has red iris, gray bill, brighter red legs)
Great Blue Heron

juvenile (dark crown, throat striping)

white crown with black head plumes; shaggy
Great Egret

larger than Snowy, yellow bill, black legs and feet, no neck plumes

egrets and herons fly with necks retracted
Green Heron

note rufous neck and breast, facial pattern and orange legs

juvenile (streaked neck); facial pattern distinct from American Bittern
Little Blue Heron

slate blue with pale greenish legs and bluish bill

right; compare size with White Ibis (left)

juvenile; white with greenish legs, thick pale tapered bill, greenish lores
Reddish Egret

gray back, belly and legs, rufous head, neck and breast, long black bill tip; active forager
Roseate Spoonbill

feeds by sweeping bill side-to-side in water

spatulate bill and pink/white coloration unique; adults have black head strap, red wing patch, red legs with dark knees and feet
Snowy Egret

black bill, yellow at base of bill, yellow lores and feet

smaller than Great; egrets and herons fly with their necks retracted

breeding plumage (plumes at head, tail; legs darker)
Tri-colored Heron

shaggy plumes with rufous tinge, yellow lores and legs

slate head, neck, breast and wings, white belly and flanks; note neck retracted in flight

active while feeding; long neck and bill
White-faced Ibis

red iris, pink lores, gray bill; colors brighter than Glossy
White Ibis

all white except red-orange bill, lores, legs

juvenile (brown back, buffy head and neck, dull bill, pale legs)
Wood Stork

unique; threatened specie
Yellow-crowned Night Heron

juvenile feeding (dark bill and crown, streaked neck)

thick bill, head pattern distinctive

feeding on a crustacean

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