saturday at the wetlands 1/28/11

green face, pretty feathers--great white heron @ viera wetlands, 1/28/12green face, pretty feathers–great white heron @ viera wetlands, 1/28/12

i am still a newbie birdwatcher…so please excuse my ignorance…but when i saw this beautiful white heron with the stunning green stripe around his eyes, i thought i was seeing a different species of heron that i’d not noticed before…when i got home and searched my trusty field guide, however, i discovered that many birdies (including this great white heron) sport different colors and prettier feathers during their breeding season…so this dude isn’t a different bird, he’s just dressed to impress…

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