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American bittern

American bittern
Photo Information
Copyright: Kyle Luman (kluman) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 25] (85)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 75-300mm USM IS Canon, (digital)
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-02 18:56
Viewed: 3904
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I almost missed this this American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) as they don't usually fly away when disturbed. They choose to hold very still and hope they aren't observed. Their markings help with their concealment in addition to the lack of movement.

Bitterns spend most of their lives in concealment, stepping slowly and methodically through the reeds in search of food. When approached, it prefers to freeze and trust its concealing coloration rather than flush like other herons. When an observer is nearby, it will often stretch its neck up, point its bill skyward, and sway slowly from side to side, as if imitating waving reeds. If this doesn't fool the intruder, the bittern will fly off, uttering a low barking call. Size: 23-34 inches (58-86 cm).

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Hi Kyle,
welcome to TrekNature.Let me say first that this photo is interesting and I can see why a person might miss getting the shot.The foreground plants are a little washed out looking so I have done a workshop on your picture.I hope you like it. Bob

Hello Kyle, nice shot of this criptic bird.
really hard to see and shoot!
well done,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-03 19:43]

Hi Kyle,
WOW, great example of natures camoflauge well seen and very well captured. Welcome to TrekNature and please keep them coming I'm looking forward to more.

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