I believe this is a Little Blue Heron, if I’m not mistaken. I took this Saturday (Nov 2nd) at Sunset Beach, NC. All comments welcome.
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I shot this with Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 100-400 mm L lens at 310, on Manfrotto monopod with gimbal head. Settings Manual except ISO, that was set to auto, f8, 1/500, ISO 125. Taken 4:42 PM. Edited in LR and Topaz. Cropped in some, and removed some sticks from the water.
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Your ID looks correct to me, Shirley. Excellent image with good detail in the bird and a nice pose. I like the vegetation reflections in the water as a background. Well done.
Nice pose with the head turn and the foot starting to come out of the water. Detail looks sharp and the background colors work nicely with the heron.