This is the time to see juvenile birds. Although as large as adults, they often look somewhat different.
Today, I saw a juvenile Great Blue Heron standing on a deadhead. The signs were clear that it was this year’s chick.
This Great Blue Heron hatched this summer. It lacks: the pigtail on the back of its head, a white crown, long shaggy neck feathers. And it has a well developed yellow patch in front of its eye.
This is the same bird flying off. Yet, its colour seems different. The hues here are closer to what would be considered correct for the bird. The previous shot was strongly influenced by yellowish light transmitted through a pall of smoke from distant forest fires.