Photo of the day

Came across this cool Flickr group of photos shared to Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  Alas, seems like all the photos shared are actually “all rights reserved.”  I decided to search bird photos with creative commons license and soon happened upon this pretty awesome one.

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)

A rare bird

Rare in New Zealand, with a population of just 100–120 birds, the elegant white heron or kōtuku (Ardea modesta) is nevertheless common in India, Japan, China and Australia, where it is known as the great egret. With a long, slender neck, yellow bill and thin legs, white herons grow to 92 centimetres in length and 900 grams in weight. In flight their long neck is held kinked. During breeding their bill darkens and a veil of fine feathers extends beyond the folded wings and tail, accentuating their graceful profile.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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