Ardea Duo

Ardea herodias and Ardea alba. As a rule, the Great Blue Heron, on the left, is a larger bird than the Great Egret on the right. This GBH is a juvenile, so perhaps not up to full size, and, of course, the GE is closer. Speaking of closer.
The Blue walked towards me. I was very still.
Unfamiliarity with people, or already so attuned to them in its environment? (BTW, is this pattern herringbone or heronbone?) There are four water bodies in Green-Wood. Three of them had Great Egrets hunting on them this day, but since the first pond was empty when I circled back to it, I suspect there were only two egrets in all. One moves back and forth between two of the ponds. This is the second bird, briefly hunched up.

1 Response to “Ardea Duo”


  1. 1 mthew July 26, 2018 at 8:57 am

    My basic inability to name left and right (I blame Canada) had me typing in the opposite in the first draft of this. Sheesh!


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