Ardea herodias

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Ardea herodias – great blue heron, Walden Ponds, Boulder, Colorado.

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Birds are sooo beautiful! Thanks for the wonderful picture!

Renee Marie Jones said:

Birds are sooo beautiful! Thanks for the wonderful picture!

Huh! Toothless, feathered dinosaurs.

Huh! Toothless, feathered dinosaurs.

The phrase “feathered dinosaur” is from the department of redundancy department.

But blue herons are great; there are plenty of them where I live, and our library has an intelligently designed sculpture of one.

Karen S. said:

Huh! Toothless, feathered dinosaurs.

The phrase “feathered dinosaur” is from the department of redundancy department.

But blue herons are great; there are plenty of them where I live, and our library has an intelligently designed sculpture of one.

What is redundant about “feathered dinosaur”? Are you suggesting that all dinosaurs had feathers? That feathers arose in a common ancestor of all dinosaurs, rather than that they arose in some sub-branch of the tree of dinosaur species (that includes the birds)? Are you proposing a common ancestry for Aves and Quetzalcoatl?

But it’s still a dino soar!

What is redundant about “feathered dinosaur”?

I was exaggerating, of course. But lots of dinos did have feathers.

That’s a nice picture of a Biblical kind! (Lev 11:19 And the stork 02624, the heron 0601 after her kind 04327, and the lapwing 01744, and the bat 05847.) Thanks for posting it.

I see a number of great blue herons around Boulder; they are always graceful and beautiful.

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