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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:47 pm 
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Some shots of random birds, any help identifying what birds they are would be greatly appreciated :D

As always, comment and critique is welcome :)

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Birdie by pierovera, on Flickr

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Bird 2 by pierovera, on Flickr

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Bird 1 by pierovera, on Flickr

I'm especially curious as to what bird is this last one.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:10 am 
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........ the last one appears to be a "Night Heron"........... the second may be a younger species


https://www.google.com.au/search?q=nigh ... =754&dpr=1

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:04 pm 
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Thanks! I was pretty sure they were different, any idea on the first one?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:37 pm 
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Isn't the first one a kind of sparrow?

Am pretty sure the second one is an entirely different species than the third. Have seen it in pictures before, but really can't place it...

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:48 pm 
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I believe it is a sparrow, excuse my ignorance about birds :P

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:30 am 
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Don't worry about it; nobody starts out being an expert. I have a book at home with all the birds that can be found in my country (the Netherlands) but I absolutely haven't memorized that yet so I often grab it when I am in need of information. It's good fun to read about all these beautiful potential subjects for my photography though :).

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:22 pm 
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Your first bird appears to be a house sparrow.

The second bird is a female, likely juvenile, black-crowned night heron.

The third bird is a green heron, sometimes called a green-backed heron. Small trivia for you: the neck on the green heron is at least as long as the night heron, but they can compact the neck into their feathers and body so it looks like they don't have a long neck at all. Wait until you see one lunge for a fish, and you'll see how long it really is!

These are all very familiar birds in my area, by the way!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:49 pm 
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Thanks guys!

Zackiedawg: It seems this one was just laying around, so I didn't catch him fishing, though for all I could see, it seemed it had no neck. Do all herons do this sort of compacting? I posted a shot of a different heron here some time ago and he had his neck compacted all the way as well.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:18 pm 
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Some herons compact their neck this way, but others do not. Great blue herons, little blue herons, and tricolor herons cannot compact their neck inside - they fold their neck down but you can clearly see that they still have a long neck. The night herons and green herons, as well as the least and American bitterns, can all compact their neck inside their feathers so they look like they have no necks.

Here's a green heron with his neck fully extended, just so you can see how long it really is:
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