Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias, photographed in California. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Steve Duncan [larger view].

Nikon D200 w/ Nikkor 300mm f/4 & TC17E.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

Review all mystery birds to date.


  1. #1 carel
    February 24, 2010

    Not a terribly difficult ID, but a fabulous photograph (as was yesterday’s). This reminds me a lot of a couple of my paintings.

  2. #2 qetzal
    February 24, 2010

    Wonderful photo! I love the way it shows the downward binocular vision suitable for a wader to see & catch fish.

  3. #3 Mu
    February 24, 2010

    Looking at the last picture in his camera, the police department finally solved the riddle of Kermit the frog’s disappearance.

  4. #4 arby
    February 24, 2010

    “Pointy bird, pointy pointy…”

  5. #5 David Hilmy
    February 24, 2010

    by some accounts, Salome’s dance took off his head… twice!

  6. #6 Mark Jordahl
    February 25, 2010

    Cool shot. I’m pretty sure it’s a chicken.

  7. #7 Kim Birmingham
    February 25, 2010

    @David, John the Baptist??

  8. #8 David Hilmy
    February 25, 2010

    Hey Kim,

    I guess folks can already tell this to be from the family Ardeidae and therefore probably have identified genus…

    “by some accounts” Salome’s mother was the instigator of his beheading; add her name “twice” and you get species and subspecies…

  9. #9 Kim Birmingham
    February 25, 2010

    LOL- Ardea herodias herodias, The GREAT bLUE hERON!

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