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Great Egret or white from of Great Blue Heron?


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Seen today in the SF Bay area -- a salt-water marsh to be more specific. I was going to call it a Great Egret, but then learned that there is a white form of the Great Blue Heron. Now it seems to me that its head is more like the latter, but I'm far from sure. Thanks!

PS: And it was big!

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This is a Great Egret. The size of the bill/bird is quite hard to differentiate — both species are very large and have large bills. However, note how a white Great Blue Heron would have pale legs/feet, not dark ones as seen on your bird. Additionally, in the U.S., white Great Blue Herons almost live exclusively in Florida, with some found on the east coast, but this race is never found in California.

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