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I believe this to be a young blue Heron. At first I thought it was a Bittern, however, when looking at the photographs at about 150% it has blueish feathers on it's back and wings. It also has a very long neck, and when flying it looks blue from the back side. It's actions were very similar to that of a standard Heron, it would only fly a little ways away at any one time. It would then land and perch and watch me as I tried to sneak in for a closer shot. This is the best photo I was able to get of the bird, as it wouldn't let me get close enough for a full framed close up shot with my 55-250.
I was actually going to take photos of the salmon running up stream here locally from Lake Ontario to their various spawning grounds. I stumbled (quite literally) upon the bird. He flew up in my face as I trying to catch myself and keep my gear from landing on the ground. (was not one of my most graceful moments). Any help with ID would be GREAT!
Spotted on Sep 27, 2011
Submitted on Sep 27, 2011