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Old Apr 11, 2008, 9:02 AM   #1
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This American Bittern allowed for some close ups which is extremely rare for these birds. At Ridgefeild you are allowed to drive through the reserve and shoot from the open window of your vehicle. An ideal blind in most cases as the wildlife dismiss you as shiny slow moving cattle
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Wow Kent! Great shots of a hard to catch subject. I've never gotten within about 100 yards of one of these. Amazing it let you, by the looks of it, be practically on top of it. Excellent!...cheers...Don
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Thanks Don

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excellent close up shots of a very ellusive bird. nice work ken!

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Ditto to the above. We also have an auto tour around the nearby refuge and as long as you stay in your car you can get some really nice close-ups. I love your shots.

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Really great shote. The eyes in Bitterns areuniquely positionedto focus under the "chin," so they can watch the ground with both eyes while stalking prey with the bill pointed forwards. You can see this clearly in the second photo. The only better one I have seen is a textbook photo of a "frozed" bittern looking at thecamera with both eyes while its billis pointed straight upwards!
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wow these are perfect!!!
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