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Good evening - I took this shot today of what I think might be a Reddish Egret.  I live on Hilton Head Island, SC and these are not common birds in our area.  He exhibited the behavior of a REEG - jumping around, running, chasing the other Snowy Egrets, flapping his wings, etc.  At first I thought it might be a Great Blue Heron juvie, but the coloring is all wrong and they are usually pretty sedate.  Also, I am very familiar with GBHE.  This guy hopped around for a good hour nonstop... Can anyone confirm or ID, please?

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Thanks so much - that's what I was leaning towards.  Occasionally one has been spotted but I have been here 20 years and never seen one and I am active birder and photographer.  This is better than finding the Bald Eagle today sitting on the beach!

 

THANKS!

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The very active feeding style, in which the bird runs around with its wings out to cast shadows over the water, is also very indicative of Reddish Egret.

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11 hours ago, cruise791@aol.com said:

Thanks so much - that's what I was leaning towards.  Occasionally one has been spotted but I have been here 20 years and never seen one and I am active birder and photographer.  This is better than finding the Bald Eagle today sitting on the beach!

 

THANKS!

You did put a tracker on him so the rest of us in SC can find him easily, right?

Great bird.  Congrats!

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