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This is one of the Egrets I befriended last summer. Her name is Quetzalcˇatl . She'd come to the pond early with eleven other white witches, fish for about 1/2 hr, and then they'd all fly off before the Sun hit the pond.
Uniform low light Egret photography has some exposure advantages, however, the absence of good contrast on the bird makes AF difficult, particularly so when shooting them in flight. Having a fast lens such as 400 f/2.8 helps with low light AF. 1DXII should offer some advantage over 1DX in that regard too, because its low light AF sensitivity spec has been improved (-3 EV from -2 EV).
(I tried comparing low light/contrast AF effectiveness on such egrets using two setups as follows: 7DII + 500 II, and 1DX + 500 II. Although on paper 7DII has its AF system rated at (-3EV) and 1DX is (-2 EV), I could not determine any decisive practical AF advantage of the 7DII based setup. However, after doing some more controlled tests at home, I did eventually manage to see that 7DII could AF in a bit lower light than 1DX.)
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