70-200VR and monopod question

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I have always followed Nikon's recomendation of turning VR on, when using a monopod. Until now, this has yielded good results. This afternoon, I decided to take a few shots of birds and squirrels, in my back yard. I was using the 70-200, with TC17, on a monopod. Per usual, I had VR turned on. As I was preparing to go into the house, and had the camera removed from the monopod, I noticed some interesting birds, and grabbed a few shots hand-held, at 340mm and 1/60 second. When I viewed the shots, none of those taken with the monopod were sharp; and, the few taken hand-held were much sharper. Has anyone else experienced similar results?
 
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I think I figured out the problem.

I think I have realized the problem. As I think back to taking the shots that were soft, my technique may have been the issue. In using a monopod, whenever I have a low fence, railing, etc., I put the monopod against that structure and lean into it with my knee, to get a stable base. Yesterday, I was doing this, against the railing of my deck, when I took the problem shots. Apparently, that technique steadies the monopod too much (approximating the steadiness of a tripod); and, makes it too steady for VR use.

I have previously had good results in using VR with a monopod; but, this is the first time that I had VR on, while using this technique to steady the monopod.
 
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