What is this bird?

nozh2002

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Thanks, Vassili.
 

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It would help to give the location where the picture was taken.
 
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How big is it? What's the location? Did it make any sound? My first thought was some kind of rail.
 
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I agree. Certainly looks like a heron. We have the "green heron" here locally, and it looks pretty much identical save for coloration.
He'll likely not find much fodder in that wading pool...
 

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That's a Night Heron, but it's a young juvenile. The colors on the head will change and become more uniform as it gets older.
 
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If you photographed it in California, it is most likely a juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax).

In the eastern US there is also a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) that looks very similar as a juvenile (smaller light speckles on the back).

As Brian mentioned, it's color pattern will look different as an adult.

Link to more info about the Black-Crowned Night Heron.
 

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It is in California - Bay Area.

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I hope it will came back when it will grown up. Beautiful bird!

Thanks, Vassili.
 

Brian Jones

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Looks like he's in process of learning. "Where are the damn fish? I see water, but no damn fish?!!" :D
 
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If you stock your "pond", and he has a lot of luck fishing there, you can be pretty sure he'll come back.
 
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