English and Scientific names:


Number of individuals: 

1 bird unsure of sex or age..plumage is white

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

st mary parish

Specific Locality:

charenton on ralph darden blvd.

Date(s) when observed:

july 27th 2008

Time(s) of day when observed:  

right before sunset

Reporting observer and address:

bill stelly jr


Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):


Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

father bill stelly sr.

Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

bird was in open field no shading...but walked among tree line..plenty of light

Optical equipment: 

nikon coolpix p80, brand new...10.1 mp 18x zoom 4.7-84.2mm

Distance to bird(s): 

approx. 30-40 yards

Duration of observation:

maybe 20 minutes


cane field

Behavior of bird: 

bird was real alert and cautious before landing where i can take pics it made several short flights but landed and i got closer.


tall white bodied bird..with red ring at base of neck and black neck and head....long black beak that looked like it was smiling..with a yellowish mow hawk type strip going down the back of head. what stood out to me was it was among egrets in the area and it towered them.


didnt hear any sounds

Similar species:

yes i have several photographs of this bird. taken by me. some pics attached

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

no previous experience..i am not a bird watcher..but an outdoorsman and i have never seen a bird like this before

Previous experience with this species: 


Identification aids:

i came home got on pc and went to what bird .com and found the bird i had just taken pics of

This description is written from: 


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


yes 100%


bill stelly jr

Date and time: 

august 7th 6:33 pm