What is this bird?
I thought it to be a great blue heron, but the markings seem different than what I am seeing in online photos. Most of the photos I found have more white on the top of the head, longer head plumes, and an all yellow bill. Does anyone have any idea if this is a different species or if I just found a great blue with individual variation. Also, feel free to comment on the photos if you want. I am not a wildlife photographer. I have been known to say I only shoot wildlife if I happen across it when going to a scenic location and I don't feel obligated to run away. But this guy seemed completely indifferent to all the people stomping by the stream on the way to a waterfall. I'm just lucky I didn't decide to lighten my pack and remove my 70-300. People on the trail were calling it a crane, but I didn't think a crane had such a long, flexible neck.