Horn Pond Visitor (American Bittern)

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Comments (4)

not1word on April 26, 2009

I can almost feel the tension as this bird keeps his head at just that angle to keep from being seen. Oh so natural, yet very staged, all at the same time.

Bits-n-Pieces on April 26, 2009

not1word - you wouldn't believe just how successful he was with that ploy. We must have walked by this spot about 10 times looking for him before I realized he was right there less than 15' away. If I hadn't known he was in the area and had to be there somewhere, since nothing had flown off since I first saw him, I doubt he would have been noticed at all.

Nottincommand1 on April 28, 2009

He looks much like the bittern that is so rare in the UK. Well seen and captured. That goes for the preceding shots too.

Bits-n-Pieces on April 28, 2009

Thanks geomancer ! The American Bittern is every bit as elusive as it's European cousin. This was a quite uncommon sighting. (I pointed him out to a hard-core birder who was walking by, and it was the first she'd ever seen.) So it was a treat to even see him, and having him be less than 20' away so that I could get a few shots was more than anyone could hope for!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 24, 2009
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2009/04/20 14:25:34
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 150.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash