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Post by MWP admin » Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:54 am

I have seen this beautiful gliding bird at Commino, 22nd April 2006. Anyone knows what it might be??

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Post by jackpot » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:37 am

hey, I am also interested in the name: I met 5 of them along the coast at Fort Bengħisa in April this year!

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Post by Lisa » Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:32 pm

dont know much about bird identification.could it be a crane? Grus grus?
but photo is not clear - how large was wing span and what were colours of the bird?

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:22 pm

The pic you are seeing is larger by 4 imes from the actual image seen in our eyes!! It was very high up in the sky, and near the sun.

Anyone from BirdLife??
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Post by robcar » Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:30 pm

The neck is far too short for it to be a crane - I probably think that it is a grey heron - rather frequent at this time of the year - but the picture is not clear enough for me to be sure - the head region is hardly apparent, and there is no indication of the birds colour at all - however an expert from birdlife could probably identify it.

- MWP do us a favour and stick to plant photography :wink: (only joking - i know that it is absolutely impossible to photograph distant birds with a digital unless you have an slr with a monster zoom)

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:47 pm

You are right! Both the technical part and the joke :joker:
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Post by MWP admin » Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:56 pm

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The link pic above is of a similar photo shot of a grey heron taken from www.soc.soton.ac.uk. It looks quite similar to the one of Comino.
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Post by wolf » Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:55 pm

mwp - i suggest you forward your pic to birdlife - ideally with time and place of sighting - they will appreciate the info and are usually pleased to identify species for you

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Post by Ke!tH » Tue May 02, 2006 1:51 pm

yes a grey heron

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Post by jackpot » Tue May 02, 2006 5:16 pm

here are 3 of the 5 I met few weeks ago
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