Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mystery Bird Quiz #6

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

While waiting for the imaginary holiday being of your belief set to come down the chimney/appear on the mountaintop/emerge from the old lamp I thought you might like a birding brain teaser.

I photographed this bird at Florida's Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in February a few years ago. Can you tell me what it is?

And no, its not Phyllis Diller's wig resting on two chopsticks.


On December 24, 2008 at 10:58 AM Larry Usselman said...

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron?

On December 24, 2008 at 11:22 AM Heron said...

Tina Turner's wig resting on two drum sticks ?

Seriously, I agree with Larry: Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

Bill, Merry Christmas to you and your family !

On December 24, 2008 at 5:58 PM Janet Creamer said...

Aw, man, someone already beat me to it. I also think it is a Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

I also thought it might be a McDonald's Fry Guy, but it wouldn't be the right habitat. They usually are in flocks and associate with mayor McCheese and Grimace.

Hope you and your family have a great Christmas!

On December 25, 2008 at 9:55 AM rmharvey said...

Everyone beat me to it. I'm going along with Yellow-crowned Night-Heron too.

But I'm the first one to get the second dash in there where the AOU says it should be!

On December 25, 2008 at 10:16 AM Mel said...

No idea :S

And now, an off topic comment... ¡¡¡FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!
Merry Christmas!!
Hugs from Peru,

On December 25, 2008 at 1:57 PM Bill of the Birds said...

Y'all are too smart! It IS a yellow-crowned night-heron.

It was holding its head down, staring intently at some small fish in the pool below its perch. If you look closely I think you can see the ends of the crown plumes sticking up above the shoulders.

On December 26, 2008 at 9:11 AM Julie Zickefoose said...

Gotta give rmharvey extra credit. Science Chimp didn't know there was a hyphen.

On December 27, 2008 at 6:20 AM Kimberly Kaufman said...

I'm arriving a little late to the show, but just wanted to tell you how much I love this striking image!

Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are really sort of goofy looking overall, but this picture really captures the loveliest aspects of the bird's plumage. I'm sure the Goofy Looking Bird agents will be after you to photograph all their clients once this impressive shot makes its way around! : )

Seriously though, what a beautiful photo!