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Least Bittern--2


Least Bittern--2
Photo Information
Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1 D X, Canon 600 mm f/4 II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-17 15:02
Viewed: 1335
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One more from last week. It was first time for me to see this bird. This local bird put o nice 30 min show in front of a dozen photographers and birders.
•When alarmed, the Least Bittern freezes in place with its bill pointing up, turns its front and both eyes toward the source of alarm, and sometimes sways to resemble wind-blown marsh vegetation.
•The Least Bittern and the American Bittern often occupy the same wetlands, but may have relatively little interaction because of differences in foraging habits, preferred prey, and timing of breeding cycles. The Least Bittern arrives on its breeding grounds about a month after the American Bittern, and leaves one or two months earlier.
•John James Audubon noted that a young captive Least Bittern was able to walk with ease between two books standing 1.5 inches (4 cm) apart. When dead, the bird's body measured 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) across, indicating that it could compress its breadth to an extraordinary degree.

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Hello Peter- Really nice reflection. Quality picture. Thanks for sharing. Regards- Srikumar

Excellent pose and sharpness. I also like the reflection which seems to highlight the tension of the bird, waiting, waiting.... with not a ripple to be seen.

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