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45 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

I've never seen a juvenile Little Blue Heron with these colorings before, but to quote somebody who has answered a lot of my ID posts, (don't remember who it is) it can't be anything else. 🙂

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/435804171

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27 minutes ago, IKLland said:

That is a juvenile molting into its adult feathers. 

Yes, since juvenile and adult Little Blue Herons have drastically different plumages, the transition period can look pretty strange and mottled.

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1 hour ago, Tim Emmerzaal said:

Nice shots! A single point autofocus does not work in these circumstances? 

Thanks!

It was very windy yesterday; sometimes it would, sometimes the bird was obscured.  Single-point may well have worked, but the goal was to work on my mechanical skills in the no-stress environment of my back yard so I won't be fumbling (as much) in the field.  Getting BBF as a muscle memory and losing the reflex to focus with the shutter button was the big goal, along with holding the camera steady while holding BBF down with the right hand so I could focus with left, finding the bird while already zoomed to 400mm or better, etc.  (Heck, I use binos in the back yard with cardinals at 20 feet, just to keep the learned reflexes for finding and focusing in muscle memory.)

Even so, it turned out to be a bit of a thrill anyway when the Cape May showed up.  I've only seen two before, neither in the yard, and had no good shots of either.  Fortunately, it arrived relatively late in the session when I'd already had some practice.  Even then, a lot of burst sequences I shot after the bird changed perches were out of focus because I would revert to the accustomed single-button-focus fingering, shoot, and then realize I hadn't focused.

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48 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Thanks!

It was very windy yesterday; sometimes it would, sometimes the bird was obscured.  Single-point may well have worked, but the goal was to work on my mechanical skills in the no-stress environment of my back yard so I won't be fumbling (as much) in the field.  Getting BBF as a muscle memory and losing the reflex to focus with the shutter button was the big goal, along with holding the camera steady while holding BBF down with the right hand so I could focus with left, finding the bird while already zoomed to 400mm or better, etc.  (Heck, I use binos in the back yard with cardinals at 20 feet, just to keep the learned reflexes for finding and focusing in muscle memory.)

Even so, it turned out to be a bit of a thrill anyway when the Cape May showed up.  I've only seen two before, neither in the yard, and had no good shots of either.  Fortunately, it arrived relatively late in the session when I'd already had some practice.  Even then, a lot of burst sequences I shot after the bird changed perches were out of focus because I would revert to the accustomed single-button-focus fingering, shoot, and then realize I hadn't focused.

I see! Yes it is always a good idea to keep your skills in the best shape they can be 🙂 

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44 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Ankle band appears to say '87 K'.  Have you thought about reporting it?

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/

Already have, it was banded in 2019 not far from where I took this pic, I work closely with conserve wildlife NJ, I monitor both osprey and eagle nests here in Jersey.if you want a good read check out project redband….

http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/protecting/projects/redband/

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