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3 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Just as a follow-up, how rapidly were the wings flapping?  Greats flap at a slower rate, almost leisurely, than Snowy, Cattle, or immature Little Blue Herons.

I don't remember - not that important of an ID, as there is 0% chance this is a lifer.

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2 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Just as a follow-up, how rapidly were the wings flapping?  Greats flap at a slower rate, almost leisurely, than Snowy, Cattle, or immature Little Blue Herons.

Great Egrets are way larger than any other white wading birds except for Wood Stork, which this bird is obviously not. I think it's safe to call this a Great Egret.

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2 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Great Egrets are way larger than any other white wading birds except for Wood Stork, which this bird is obviously not. I think it's safe to call this a Great Egret.

I agree, although I'll point out we have nothing to compare the size of this bird with, and sizing lone birds in the sky can be problematic.

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I see Great Egrets almost daily and this doesn't look quite right (wing shape, leg length, maybe bill size but tough to see). I have very limited experience with Tricolored but maybe a better fit (last photo seems to show a darker head and chest).

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56 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Great Egrets are way larger than any other white wading birds except for Wood Stork, which this bird is obviously not. I think it's safe to call this a Great Egret.

There is white Great Blue Heron in Florida, which is where this photo is from.

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4 minutes ago, Kevin said:

From an ID standpoint, this is a blurry photo of a heron/egret flying, that the colors cannot be confidently determined, and we are trying to do more than suggest an identification because?

Sensei, why does the birder ID the photo?

Because it is there, Grasshopper. 

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