Great Blue Heron and an egret (?)

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Went to Brazos Bend SP this Sat morning, had the chance to get pretty close to these two fellas. Not sure exactly what the second one is as I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to birds. Both taken with D2x + 200-400 VR. Have to say I'm loving the AF performance and big viewfinder the D2x gives me, world of difference from D70. As always comments/feedback welcome.

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Jeff, the backgrounds on the two egret pictures are awesome! It looks like the beastie is posing in front of an abstract painting. Compliments.
 
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Most excellent shots Jeff. I wish that I could shoot with the 200-400 for a day or so. I like my 300 2.8 a lot, but the flexibility of the 200-400 is undeniable, and the images speak for themselves. 8)
 
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MAn , I love the background in # 2. Great shots.

CAme back and looked again . The lighting is so good in # 2 & 3. Good Job.
 
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Great shots, Jeff! Brazos Bend is on my list of places to visit in this area this fall. I think the white bird may be an immature Little Blue Heron. The bluish bill and gray/green legs are my reason for thinking that way.
 
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Great shots Jeff, two thumbs up
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Thanks very much for the feedback, everyone. I really appreciate the kind words.

Wish I could have gotten the feet completely in the second and third shots but they were blocked from view by part of the railing. The background made those shots for me. I did use a soft light layer at low opacity to boost the saturation a little bit but the painterly effect of the bokeh is what the lens gave me.

I think the white bird may be an immature Little Blue Heron.
Interesting, wouldn't have expected that name for a bird that's predominantly white. Thanks for the info.

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