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I have a really difficult identification task for you experts. Because I don't have a photo
I was walking towards the lake at our business park today and two large birds (probably about the size of a heron) flew low over the water. I couldn't tell whether they had taken off from the water or not, but they flew behind a building and I didn't see them again.
The only thing noticeable about them was that they were mainly white but the wing tips were black for about a third the length of the wings.
If you can come up with some ideas from that, you are officially awesome.
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(I would say they were Snow Geese, but not sure they come here)
Egrets that have flown too close to the mud?
I think you're right Ken. I didn't see the beak very clearly, but the colouring and size is right.
Ian - *groan*
Could be an Avocet. Depends where you live though - if near the coast in S and E England it is possible.
Swan wearing gloves?
possibly Egyptian Goose, I saw a pair in east London recently
You don't have anywhere near that may have Common Crane do you Bri? The description could suit
(I see there are some in Norfolk and around the Somerset Levels now, maybe elsewhere too?)
quite a few sightings this year in various places in the UK
White with black bits, that must be it!!
that will never take off Ian!
Quote: (I would say they were Snow Geese, but not sure they come here)
Snow Geese are a little larger than a Mallard and smaller than a Canada Goose. I would bet money that your birds were/are Grey Herons, habitat and your description points to this species. They can appear very pale in good light, I've had fun photographing one on my local lake recently which is incredibly tame.
OK, definitely NOT grey herons (I see/photograph them regularly) or cranes (same) or avocets.
The birds were on a lake where we have a bunch of other types of geese (including Egyptian).
I reckon they probably were snow geese. Photos I've found of them on the web certainly look very much like what I saw.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Can anyone else tell, Ian is demob happy ?
I just thought it was the "Pills" taking over again!
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