I saw one of these tonight while out on a walk. It was getting dark & at first I wasn't sure what it was; I just saw a flurry of movement down by the corner a good 50 to 60 feet away from me. My first thought was that it looked like a huge white bird, then I kind of dismissed it.
As I got down right even with it, it moved again. It was a good 10 feet away & up on a platform & I could see from the street light that it was in fact a very large white bird. I was caught by the fact that it had this white plume sticking out of the top of its head. As I tried to get a pic s/he flew off & then I knew without a doubt it was a Heron. It flew right over my head & I could see it far better. I was so excited, surprised & awe-struck I couldn't do anything but stand there, watching it fly away.
So, the thing I wasn't sure of was the plume. Just a single, beautiful white plume above its head. I have never seen that on a Heron myself, so I knew I had to do some research when I got back.
From - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/how-to-identify-white-herons-excerpt-from-better-birding-book/ ⠀
It says the white plume (visible in this pic) identifies the bird as an adult, breeding Great White Heron: ⠀
Great White Heron (breeding adult). Note head plumes on breeding bird, which help distinguish it from Great Egret. Photo by Martin Meyers; Florida, December.
Such a beautiful surprise to come across during tonight's walk. Nature is so awesome. #thankyou #signs #symbolism
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