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Bird identification


Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
11 May 2012 3:11PM
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 13 15.7k United Kingdom
11 May 2012 3:22PM
(I would say they were Snow Geese, but not sure they come here)
digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 3:26PM
Egrets that have flown too close to the mud?
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
11 May 2012 3:29PM
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 4 1.1k 2 Scotland
11 May 2012 3:31PM
Could be an Avocet. Depends where you live though - if near the coast in S and E England it is possible.
digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 3:33PM
Swan wearing gloves?
rambler e2
6 477 14 England
11 May 2012 3:39PM
possibly Egyptian Goose, I saw a pair in east London recently
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 3:58PM
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
digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 4:00PM
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White with black bits, that must be it!!
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 4:01PM
that will never take off Ian! Grin
digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 4:02PM
Grin
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Rev2 e2
4 240 2 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 5:54PM

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 13 15.7k United Kingdom
11 May 2012 5:59PM
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 13 15.7k United Kingdom
11 May 2012 6:54PM
Can anyone else tell, Ian is demob happy ?

Grin
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 7:14PM
I just thought it was the "Pills" taking over again! Wink

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