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Taken 16 JUL 2011 /South Central Washington / Klickitat County 

I was looking thru old photos and ran across this shot I had marked that needed to be ID but I can not figure out what it is. I was taking photos of Sandhill Cranes when this bird flew up from the grass/treeline, this is the only photo I have. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. 🙂

 

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8 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

Female Ring-necked Pheasant?

Some sort of game bird.

Hmm, I never thought of games birds, I'll check them out. I was thinking more along the lines of ducks or geese. It appears to have a long neck, black bill and the face looks reddish, and there doesn't look like there are feet/legs trailing behind so I ruled out egrets, herons, and such. The all white body is throwing me off too but I don't think it is a lighting issue since the trees and grass looks alright. Thanks for your help, I appreciate it. 🙂

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While this bird looks right for a White Ibis, if it is in fact a WHIB, it would undoubtedly be an exotic escapee. White Ibis are known exotic pets and their natural range is very, very, very far from Klickitat County, Washington. If a WHIB and not some other leucistic wading bird, this is not a wild bird.

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I think the lighting is a big issue with this bird, when you look at the original photo, you can see the bird is flying over the white grass which is the same color as this bird. You can tell it's an problem because the grass goes straight from white to green almost in a straight line. And that white doesn't look natural because you can see the same flowers in there as the rest of the photo and they look very different. 

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From this photo, it is very difficult to tell where the bill ends... To me the bill doesn't seem long or curved enough to be an ibis. And, as Seanbird says, it has very long legs that hang behind it. It looks like it has a red forehead. Its wings, neck, and overall posture struck me as Sandhill Crane from the beginning. Could it be a Sandhill Crane with pigment problems or in weird lighting? Or an immature bird? 

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6 minutes ago, Colton V said:

From this photo, it is very difficult to tell where the bill ends... To me the bill doesn't seem long or curved enough to be an ibis. And, as Seanbird says, it has very long legs that hang behind it. It looks like it has a red forehead. Its wings, neck, and overall posture struck me as Sandhill Crane from the beginning. Could it be a Sandhill Crane with pigment problems or in weird lighting? Or an immature bird? 

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Looks kinda small...

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Hello...Thank you to everyone for your help. Sorry for the delay in responding...I'm having computer problems today.

The original photo was taken in mid-July 2011 near the Conboy NWR in Glenwood, WA [Klickitat County]. Here are a couple more  photos showing the area/terrain.

 @Jefferson ShankThank you for cropping the photo...I see the legs now. 

@IKLlandNo, I'm sorry I do not remember the size of the bird. I just recall I was focused on the Sandhill Cranes when it flew up so it was a quick snap shot.

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