I don't consider myself a birder, although I do have a couple of bird books and I can identify some of the common birds. Nevertheless, I try not to miss a chance to photograph a bird, especially if I can't identify it.
This was one of those occasions about a month ago in Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co., Maryland, when I saw this bird wading in a quite shallow part of the lake. Unfortunately, it was kind of dark, the bird was far and my camera's optical zoom magnifies only up to 3X. So, I turned on the digital zoom, but that only created more noise.
I will be getting a better camera.