Young Great Blue Heron

Young Great Blue Heron

I spotted this Heron near the Ashley River, in an old rice field.

Young Great Blue Heron
Young Great Blue Heron

The coloring and feathers led me to believe this is a first year bird.

Young Great Blue Heron
Young Great Blue Heron

There are no long chest feathers, even outside mating season there are still a few.  Also the head feathers look very short and smooth.

A guess, this is a bird from down river where there is a Heron rookery.

Young Great Blue Heron
Young Great Blue Heron

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