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Took my big sketchbook, and my little one down to the pond near my house. I spent about 30 mins sitting in my car in the shade, watching and sketching the young Great Blue Heron that was wading in the pond. When I got home I looked up on the internet and found this about young Herons: "Immature birds are duller in color, with a dull blackish-gray crown, and the flank pattern only weakly defined; they have no plumes, and the bill is dull gray-yellow" That described my bird exactly, he flew away when someone walked up to the pond... it was getting hot, so I flew home myself.

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Taken on August 17, 2012