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The Great Egret and Great Blue Heron are here pretty much year around.  I have probably ID'd a hundred or so during the past 9 years.  The GE has always been all white, is there a reason for the scattered blue?  Just curious.

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The blue coloring isn't actually there- it's due to the lighting. The same thing happens with photos of Snow and Ross's Geese. For example, I have close up photos of a Ross's Goose that appears to have a bluish tint, but it's not really there. White birds can often appear oddly colored in photos.

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All of the 'blue' I see is due to mottled light and shadows.  On color morphs and leucistics, the non-standard colors still stick to the normal patterns and templates; they don't take on random swirls like military or hunting camouflage. 

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