Attended our first Field Trial (Qualifying Stake) this weekend and noticed that the judges didn't take retrieved birds from handlers until after the handler sent their dog for the next mark. In the Hunt Test world it seems more common for the judge to take the retrieved bird as soon as the dog delivers it to the handler (i.e. before the handler lines the dog for the next send). Wasn't sure if this difference was real and/or intentional (either by rule or tradition) or simply a preference of the judges I watched. I know that some HT judges employ the practice of not taking birds directly from handlers but in that case the handler typically places the bird in a bucket before lining and sending for the next retrieve. Probably a minor distinction but ain't it always the little things that get you?