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faw67
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Feb 28, 2011 20:15 |  #1

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Feb 28, 2011 20:25 |  #2

It looks like a juvenile little blue heron. The yellow legs and the development of some blue feathers on its back are the giveaway.

And it is a nice composition. If this is in your area, try to seek out this bird as its plumage changes from juvenile toward adult. You can get some interesting blue/white combinations on the feathers.


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Mar 01, 2011 02:41 |  #3

Thanks
I wish I could watch it change , There were several of these around but they all looked awful small to be a blue heron, they were not much taller than the ibis, and definately looked grown, my book described a snowy egret, but a 13 hour drive away will keep me from knowing I guess




  
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Mar 01, 2011 05:52 |  #4

Most def. a Juv. Little Blue Heron. Nice find.




  
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Mar 01, 2011 12:33 |  #5

ty there was plenty of them there, I have other pics of the same bird I will post shortly




  
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Mar 01, 2011 12:45 |  #6

Another of the same fellow


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Mar 01, 2011 12:49 |  #7

faw67 wrote in post #11934402 (external link)
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I wish I could watch it change , There were several of these around but they all looked awful small to be a blue heron, they were not much taller than the ibis, and definately looked grown, my book described a snowy egret, but a 13 hour drive away will keep me from knowing I guess

A snowy egret has black legs and a completely black beak with yellow lores (the area around the eyes.) The yellow lores turn to pink to almost red in breeding season. I primarily photograph wading birds. It takes time to get to know them all. Size, plumage, beak color, color of the lores, leg color and feet color all come into play.

Snowy Egret

IMAGE: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5096/5489662256_3f5a2cfc52_z.jpg
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Snowy Egret with Remnants of Breeding Lores
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Juvenile Little Blue Heron
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Adult Little Blue Heron
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Cattle Egret

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http://farm6.static.fl​ickr.com/5294/54776574​57_0b6d5232e6_z.jpg (external link) [JPG] IMG_8070 (external link) by Avalon Sunset (external link), on Flickr

Snowy Egrets photographed in Avalon, NJ by kayak. Juvenile & Adult Little Blue Herons and Cattle Egret photographed at the Great Blue Heron Water Reclamation Facility near Titusville, FL.

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Mar 01, 2011 13:20 |  #8

that makes sense there was a adult little blue heron I saw the other day , I dont know if I got a good shot or not though




  
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Mar 01, 2011 13:28 |  #9

Here it is though reflection is cut off and not as crisp as I would like
I am using a 70-200l f4 with a tamron1.4 multiplier this is definately stretching it I think
Any pointers?


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Mar 01, 2011 15:59 |  #10

Light, proximity to subject and proper technique go hand-in-hand. Here's things to consider:

1. The 70-200 f/4L is as sharp as a lens I've ever used. How far away was this bird? The snowy egrets in my post above were less than 20' away as I was on the water in a kayak. In the first photo, I used a blind. In the second, feeding was so plentiful that the egret didn't care that I was there. He was practically posing for me. Is your photo a heavy crop? Cropping can kill image quality. Have you had softness issues when using the Tamron 1.4 before? I usually use 400mm. It can be very tough shooting birds with 280, even with wading birds being larger than the backyard variety.

2. Did you use a dedicated focus point, such as the center point?

3. What camera mode did you use? Manual? Aperture priority?

4. What focus mode? I use AI Servo 99% of the time with the center focus point or an upper focus point if shoot portrait style. Rarely, I'll use an upper edge focus point (even though it's weaker) if the bird has gotten close and is on the move. Obviously, I can't zoom out with a prime.

Click on the link in my signature and look for the Shooting Birds tutorials. There's 3 parts. You found great birds to shoot. You just need to practice.


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Mar 01, 2011 19:43 |  #11

Thanks,
well im doing things the right way it seems, using AI servo, center focus and center weight light meter, been using shutter speed priority or program most the time
The immature heron was between 10 - 20 feet away but the mature heron was probably 50-60 feet away.
Maybe a monopod would help a bit , very last minute trip and didnt grab alot but camera and lens, didnt really expect to see what I did see, also got some shots of a sandhill crane ,all were taken from a golf cart on a private course in a retirement community in fla




  
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Mar 02, 2011 11:52 |  #12

Where is your shutter speed set? Without a tripod or monopod, I usually use 1/1250 if the light allows. For portraits, you can use a much slower speed and bump down the ISO but I usually shoot birds in the act of feeding or flying.


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Mar 02, 2011 12:58 |  #13

I tried to get the highest shutter speed i could but with the 1.4 i have a limited ap of 5.6 so i bump iso up to compensate, the xsi iso max out at 1600




  
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Mar 02, 2011 18:04 |  #14

I use a 400 5.6L are rarely have to go above 400 ISO on the ground and 200 in the sky in sunny conditions. That's with an aperture in the 6.3-8.0 range because I like shooting larger birds and flocks. Apertures in this range also help to keep the prey in focus if the bird is feeding. On an overcast day, I might need to use 500, 640 or 800 on the ground but usually just shoot wide open instead.


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