I have also seen this behavior quite a few times in Great Blues and have
taken several photos to document it. The bird usually strikes this pose for
a half hour or more during the period when the sun is the most intense. The
bird generally faces directly at the sun.

I recall reading in some pub. long ago that this is a way for the bird to
remove parisites. The heat created causes the parisites to drop off.  Makes

I have not seen this behavior with other waders though.

Harry Hooper
Tallahassee, Fl.

>From: Sarah Linney <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: Re: [FLBIRDS] GBH wings akimbo
>Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 14:01:19 EDT
>Just so we are all on the same page about this behavior....
>JBass wrote:
> >Herons and Egrets both will "canopy" to create a shaded area in the
> >The shade looks like a sheltered area to fish.
> >-J
>Yes, I've seen that behavior. This is totally different. They are not
>producing any shade whatsoever and aren't even feeding. Imagine a GBH
>standing straight up and the wing tips folded behind its back--not unlike
>trussing up a Thanksgiving turkey--which gives it a VERY odd look. The bend
>of the wing forms a triangle with the body on each side. I have to do a
>doubletake every time I've seen this posture.
>Sarah Linney
>Cocoa, FL
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