by Gautam Chakrabarti
(Chennai, Tamilnadu, India)
I have snapped the following photos of The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), - From our motor boat - Snapped at Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Goa, India.
However my friend is saying this is a Grey Heron and not a Blue Heron as these are not available in India. But I have checked in net and found that this resembles exactly like a Blue Heron, and the Great Blue Herons can also be seen in many places in India.
My feeling is this is a Grey Heron. Hopefully our readers can help.
Can you please help in identifying this bird, whether this is a Blue Heron or not?
These photos were snapped on 29-11-2012.
MORE ABOUT DR SALIM ALI BIRD SANCTUARY::
The Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary located on western tip of the Island of Chorao along the river Mandovi, Goa, in India. The sanctuary is named after Dr. Salim Ali, the eminent Indian ornithologist. Away from the beaches of Goa this is truly a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers where you can see a variety of species of birds and plants.
The size of the sanctuary is 178 ha (440 acres). The area is covered with a thick layer of mangrove forest. The place is not well maintained but it is habitat with rich species of birds.
One can find many different kinds of birds and animals, including species such as the mudskipper and the black drongo.
Source : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salim_Ali_Bird_Sanctuary