Jan 16 2016
adult, winter plummage
This is a very large water bird and distributes widely in Asia and Europe, a counterpart of blue heron in North America. Always near the fresh water area, either river or lake. It looks blue when it took a flight, but it looks grey with black patches when it stands near the water, unlike blue heron with blue patch on the head and shoulder. The bill look more rosy-yellow on both beaks.
Feb 11 2016

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