Date: 11/24/18 4:19 pm
From: Shawn R. Smolen-Morton <SSmolenMorton...>
Subject: Melanistic Great Blue Heron, Florence, SC
Good evening, folks.
Among 60+ Great Egrets and 6 Great Blues, a single melanistic Great Blue foraged along the banks of Forest Lake (eastern end, southern shore) between 2:30 and 3PM. Photos posted to Carolina Birds and eBird. Plumage and morphology rule out African and Asian herons and egrets with dark plumage, including Black, Slaty, Dimorphic, and Western Reef. The bird appeared healthy and was quite successful at catching fish.
Good birding,
Shawn Smolen-Morton
Florence, South Carolina

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