Scientific Name: Ardea cinerea
Population Estimate: 800K - 3.7M
Location (Date) of Sighting: Venice (November 2009) top photo, and Amsterdam (July 2009) bottom photo
Notes: This bird has a wide distribution throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. The juvenile coloring (bottom photo) is nearly identical in appearance to the Great Blue Heron but with non-overlapping distributions. The adult coloring (top photo) is distinct.