new heron

Subject: new heron
From: nivenmccrie <>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 15:00:20 +0900
Hi all
Just a couple of points of clarification following Denise?s email:

1. The photo that Keith Fisher took, and which is on my website, is 
representative of the ?mid-1980s? herons that Denise mentioned. The 
birds were seen by numerous people and there were many photos taken, 
including by me, but until I saw Keith?s, I didn?t know there were any 
of good quality. There were other reports in that period of birds 
which differed a little, and there is every chance that the same bird 
or birds may have been seen in two or more years, with slightly 
different plumage. 

2. In reference to other ?recent? unusual herons ? the note that 
Denise posted some time ago (2000) regarding herons she considered to 
be likely White-necked x Pied hybrids were immature Pied. They were a 
little scatty looking around the head, but the error was in 
considering that the white on the bend of the wing indicated White-
necked. The size (?a little larger than Pied?) is subjective and 
cannot preclude Pied. The ?dark? tibia also does not preclude Pied.  I 
am confident I saw the birds she described, and was very much 
interested in the intermediate plumage they were showing at the time. 
Check my original posting on this:

3. The most recent herons, pictured on my website, are apparently 
immature birds, and it seems clear that they are quite different from 
the adult one(s) in question. In my view at this stage, I think they 
are immature Pied with a so far unexplained colour variation. One of 
those photos is by Mike Reed, but it?s from Fogg Dam, as stated on the 
website, not ?around Katherine?.

Happy heroning again

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