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A friend and I were driving in the Everglades yesterday and saw quite a few birds flying overhead, no photos. He thought they were White Ibis but I don't think so and lean towards a heron. The distinguishing feature was the underside of the wings appeared solid black with a white body. The closest I can guess is a Tricolored Heron based on a photo seen on this site that I've posted here too. What we saw didn't have the white though, maybe an immature?

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1 hour ago, meghann said:

Well, the underwings of a wood stork have enough black that I've seen them look completely black in certain light.

Little Blue Herons are completely blue as adults, and completely white when they are immature. Unless I'm forgetting a phase where they have both.

There is a phase where Little Blues are maturing where they are both blue and white and very beautiful.  They can appear "black" overhead depending on lighting.  I have to say, I live a half mile, (and monitor for SCDNR),  from a wood stork rookery and have never seen one whose wings appear all black from below. 

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7 hours ago, meghann said:

Just clarifying: the picture posted is NOT what you saw?

That is correct, the photo is one I found on this forum when searching for an answer to my own question. It is NOT what I saw nor am I having any luck finding the original post. 

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5 hours ago, carlinsc said:

There is a phase where Little Blues are maturing where they are both blue and white and very beautiful.  They can appear "black" overhead depending on lighting.  I have to say, I live a half mile, (and monitor for SCDNR),  from a wood stork rookery and have never seen one whose wings appear all black from below. 

I'm suspecting you're right in that the lighting made the underside look black when, if fact, they weren't. 

I love the Little Blues and am seeing them frequently lately but what I saw was too big to be one. 

I think it's best to withdraw my question and I'll see if I experience the same thing again in a different light. I do appreciate everyone's help!

 

 

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this is a picture (long zoom) of a juvenile Magnifcent Frigatebird i show in 2016 in the everglades at almost exactly this time of year - early Dec. it has the coloring described but several things about the phot used....was the neck as long as that shown in the photo - if so not likely a frigatebird.  Was the beak as thin...if so not likely a wood stork..

the female frigate bird looked much like this except the head was black on the female

46230792211_8d65e2831c_z.jpgMagnificant Frigate Bird juvenile (2) (640x428) by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr

 

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That looks promising, thank you! The beak was thin and it definitely wasn't a wood stork. I'll run it by my friend and see if he agrees. In the meantime I think I'll head out today and see if I can see them again. Any excuse to spend time there is a good excuse (but who needs an excuse!)

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