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Big Bri
Big Bri  1315548 forum posts England
11 May 2012 - 3:11 PM

I have a really difficult identification task for you experts. Because I don't have a photo Smile

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.

Cheers
BB

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Big Bri
Big Bri  1315548 forum posts England
11 May 2012 - 3:22 PM

(I would say they were Snow Geese, but not sure they come here)

digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2012 - 3:26 PM

Egrets that have flown too close to the mud?

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315548 forum posts England
11 May 2012 - 3:29 PM

I think you're right Ken. I didn't see the beak very clearly, but the colouring and size is right.

Ian - *groan*
Smile

Ewanneil
Ewanneil  41118 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2012 - 3:31 PM

Could be an Avocet. Depends where you live though - if near the coast in S and E England it is possible.

digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2012 - 3:33 PM

Swan wearing gloves?

rambler
rambler e2 Member 5467 forum postsrambler vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2012 - 3:39 PM

possibly Egyptian Goose, I saw a pair in east London recently

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110181 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2012 - 3:58 PM

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

Last Modified By brian1208 at 11 May 2012 - 4:06 PM
digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2012 - 4:00 PM

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White with black bits, that must be it!!

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110181 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2012 - 4:01 PM

that will never take off Ian! Grin

digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2012 - 4:02 PM

Grin
...

Rev2
Rev2  4213 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2012 - 5:54 PM


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.

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315548 forum posts England
11 May 2012 - 5:59 PM

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.
Like this



Thanks for the suggestions.

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315548 forum posts England
11 May 2012 - 6:54 PM

Can anyone else tell, Ian is demob happy ?

Grin

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110181 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2012 - 7:14 PM

I just thought it was the "Pills" taking over again! Wink

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