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Little Blue Heron
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Little Blue Heron
Duration (total time in view):
100 yards west of the Prairie Loop Bird Observatory on the south side of Cherry Creek State Park.
Edge of mudflat to shallow lake shore.
Binoculars Nikon 10x50 6.5 degree
Sony A77 Camera with Telephoto Lens 70 to 200 2.8
Setting sun, good clear conditions
Description of the Bird
Bird was of similar size to the six Snowy Egrets and slightly larger than the Cattle Egret. They all flew in at the same time at the edge of the lake. The Little Blue Heron had a reddish brown neck and head and slate blue body. Have photo and observed through binoculars from about 60 feet away.
Behavior: All the birds were preening and calm.
Similar Species Discussion
Eliminated Great Blue, too small, wrong color. Looked exactly like Little Blue Herons from my days in Kansas.
Sibley's Guide, Stoke's Guide, and Smithsonian Field Guide. All used after sighting while reviewing enlarged photos.
New this bird was different the moment I saw it.
Notes made DURING observation
Date Documentation Submitted
6/18/2013 6:52:00 PM
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