Great Blue Herons

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Patrick Moore

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Nov 20, 2021, 6:27:00 PM11/20/21
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Taken by someone's backyard during a very pleasant fall meander along our acequia trails. The third heron was camera shy and refused to cooperate.

We've got bird sanctuaries and wetlands (yes, desert but this is near the Rio Grande) in my area, and I often startle herons from the ditches as I ride by. They gather in flocks in fields, but I saw only 3 together this afternoon, though they've been in the air along with the geese.

No Riv photo because I rode the Monocog.

I thought that this was worth posting despite the obligatory poor quality, which my fault and not that of the iPhone camera (tho' it's just a 6S).

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Alburquerque, Nuevo Mexico, Etats Unis d'Amerique, Orbis Terrarum

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Patrick Moore

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Nov 20, 2021, 6:27:56 PM11/20/21
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Taken in someone's backyard. I was "by" but the herons were "in."


twowheeledtexan

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Nov 20, 2021, 6:52:25 PM11/20/21
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Those aren’t herons, look like sandhill cranes. If you’re referencing acequias and the Rio Grande you’re possibly in Texas? If so Texas has a hunting season for them and they’re referred to as “pork chops in the sky”.  

Patrick Moore

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Nov 20, 2021, 8:57:01 PM11/20/21
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I know as much about birds as about cameras, so you may be right. I googled herons albuquerque bosque and great blue herons came up and looked like those in the photo, but what do I know.

I just googled both and they both look the same to me.

Rio Grande bosque, Albuquerque, NM.

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Andy Williams

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Nov 21, 2021, 1:22:50 PM11/21/21
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This is a Great Blue Heron.   https://www.instagram.com/p/CIBsq9bgWXH7BolozaUc3pKD8yzye_9XVzBmM00/

See them all the time up here in Seattle....

Patrick Moore

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Nov 21, 2021, 2:57:20 PM11/21/21
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Andy: I'd like to see your photo but the account seems private.

Andy Williams

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Nov 22, 2021, 5:51:39 PM11/22/21
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Oops.  My apologies.  Let's try this...
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Patrick Moore

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Nov 23, 2021, 12:53:59 PM11/23/21
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The birds I saw look like this one, certainly they were tall enough to match the description in Wikipedia for the heron. Again, sorry for the bad photo.

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Nov 23, 2021, 1:08:02 PM11/23/21
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I bike almost exclusively along the wetlands of the Mississippi near Lacrosse wisconsin.  I see lots of big birds,  My first impression with the quick glance of Patrick's photo was sandhill cranes.  these cranes are very inspiring to see and I am saddened to learn they are hunted in texas.  typical.  tim petersen

Marty Gierke, Stewartstown PA

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Nov 25, 2021, 7:10:55 AM11/25/21
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We have a stream that runs through our place here in Pennsylvania, and I see these birds fishing from time to time. Always fun to catch them in the act as they throw the fish in the air to swallow them after they pluck them out of the water. 

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Happy Thanksgiving Bunchers! 

Marty

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