Gautam Chakrabarti

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.

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.

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Mar 11, 2013
How about neither? NEW
by: GaryE

I am focused on the black streak where the wing attaches to the body in the first picture I do not see that on any of the pics I can find of the Grey Heron or the Great Blue Heron.

I have searched through my books (which are North American books) and I can not find a bird which is a better match for your bird. So sorry I can not be of more help but I really do not think this is either a Great blue heron or a Grey heron.

I would suggest writing an e-mail to the sanctuary and see if they can help.

Let us know if you get a definitive answer!

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