Least Bittern with fish
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|A week after I found this elusive bird, I tried to find it again to see if I can get it with fish. Sunday afternoon after second attempt the persistence was paid. The bird was fishing continues and most of the time came to close for my 600 mm lens. I hope you will like it. |
11-14" (28-36 cm). A tiny, secretive heron with blackish back and conspicuous buff wing patches and underparts. Female and young are similar but duller, more buffy.
Although this heron is common in suitable habitat, it takes luck or patience to see one. Even more furtive than the American Bittern, this species relies on its cryptic coloration to escape detection and seldom flies, and then does so only for a few seconds before it drops out of sight. It spends most of its time picking its way quietly through the densest marshes, looking for frogs, crayfish, and other small aquatic creatures. It is a skilled climber and can be found several feet above the water, holding onto the swaying reeds with its long toes. The very rare rufous form, once thought to be a separate species, is called "Cory's Least Bittern."
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- [2014-09-23 4:13]
Most beautiful dear Peter
Great momento and great photo with poor light conditions
Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird, fantastic reflections, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Interesting pic bird with fish in its beak. In my area you can also find this bird.
Beautiful image, and especially love the reflection in the water. DOF is just about spot on, light and colours are spot on, to qualify this as a "critique" I guess that the only thing I might consider changing would be to dull down the bright patch (stone?) under the heron's beak which tends to catch me eye.
- [2014-09-25 3:00]
Very good picture with very natural color and great sharpness, Also very good composition. Congratulation. Saludos.