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Pied heron (with a Snowy Egret for size comparison). A rare color morph? Melanism (although it's blue which isn't usual)? A hybrid seems to be the most likely answer but hybrid what? Little Blue x Snowy or Reddish x Snowy were proposed but Tricolored x Snowy seems the most likely.
Old clay mining ponds that are now part of a fishing park.
Video of feeding behavior is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48760528@N0...