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Great White Heron

Ardea herodias occidentalis


Spotted on a short highway bridge between two subtropical, coastal islands surrounded by mangroves.


The taxonomic status of the Great White Heron is a matter of some dispute. At one time it was considered a color variant or "morph" of the Great Blue Heron. Now it is often recognized as a distinct subspecies, although some ornithologists argue in favor of its designation as a completely separate species.

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1 Comment

NRM4424 8 years ago

I see these all the time in Florida, nice pic. I could never get a picture without window screening in it

Doren B
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Doren B

Florida, USA

Spotted on Oct 6, 2005
Submitted on Dec 1, 2013

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