LARGE BIRD On salt water boat dock

by George Adams
(Carolina Beach, NC)


This large bird was on my dock close to the ocean on a salt water sound in southern North Carolina USA...Wilmington. I have never seen anything like it before. It had a large yellow-orange beak that was oddly reminiscent of a puffin or seed eater but this was a big bird and stood nearly 2ft tall. When it flew off it had a very large 6ft ish wing-span and mad a very loud distinct call sounding like GAWK GAWK. The picture is horrible.

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Apr 28, 2012
Purple Gallinule?
by: Susan

Could it be a Purple Gallinule? They make a chicken like sound.

Apr 28, 2012
Not sure it's that
by: Anonymous

I thank you for your comments about the yellow crowned night Herron but it was stouter in build than that and the beak was much shorter and stouter.

Apr 28, 2012
POSSIBLY A NIGHT HARRON
by: Anonymous

Possibly a night harron

Mar 24, 2012
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERRON
by: Michael Kordsmeier

That is a....they are in the Everglades as well,trying to think and nothing's happening..Yellow-Crowned Night Herron!

Mar 15, 2012
night heron possibly
by: hossc

The shape looks like a night heron.

Mar 15, 2012
night heron possibly
by: hossc

The shape looks like a night heron.

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