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|I was going out bird shooting with my 80-400mm Sigma lens, when not 20m from me a bird hopped onto a fence and started grooming itself. There was little chance missing him. Never seen one like this before, maybe the 2008 model? The general ‘design concept’ was that of a Heron. No time to ponder about what where when and why! I managed to slowly move towards him. I was in a public recreational area and he was obviously used to people and was content to do a ‘Cut and polish’ on his exterior and get his feathers in order. There was no chance of missing him at virtually ‘point blank range’ at 15m he filled up the frame even @ 280mm Zoom. I ‘rattled off’ some 42 pictures (RAW + jpg makes 84-and NO, I am not going to post them all here) before he hopped off the fence and got on with live. At f:6.3, 1/1200sec he was nicely isolated from the background and I had reason to be pleased. My bird book identified him as a juvenile Rufous or Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus). According to my book they are very common not only in Australia, but also in Asia. The Nankeen Night Heron stands about 60cm tall. It is not strictly nocturnal. It often feeds during the day, especially during wet weather. The bird is dependent on a diet of small fish, reptiles, insects and sometimes eggs. It can be seen around freshwater rivers, lakes, bulrushes, estuaries, harbours and in residential fishponds for goldfish. As for me, I never have seen a Rufous thingy before, another first for me.|
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