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Old Feb 22, 2010, 3:39 PM   #1
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Correction, its an American Bittern.
We went to the Circle B Bar Nature preserve yesterday for the first time in almost a year. Weather was perfect, 73 and partly cloudy. We were out there for 4 & 1/2 hours, managed to get pretty sunburned to boot! I got a few shoots of a few birds I haven't gotten before. One was this
American Bittern. he let me open my camp chair and set up about 10 ft from him while he posed for about 20 minuets! He was pretty well camouflaged and I almost walked right by him. A lot of others did too. They would see me sitting there and and ask what I was shooting. Then feel pretty silly after I pointed out the Bittern.






Don't know what he saw here but, he made a jab at it. before moving on.





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I can see why they walked right past him, GW. Pretty little thing. Ya done good!
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That BCNH had great camouflage, it's no wonder it was going unnoticed. Nice job of spotting it and taking the snapshot.

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Thank you gentlemen. I do appreciate the comments.
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Great camo job GW...on the part of the bird that is. You on the other hand: nice photo job!
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Hi GW,

Some great shots, but I think this is an American Bittern.

Forgive the attitude, but it's just too green down there. . .

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Hi GW,

Some great shots, but I think this is an American Bittern.

Forgive the attitude, but it's just too green down there. . .

Scott

You are so right! I intended to make a comment in the beginning that if I had miss ID'd it to please correct me. Its the first one I've seen and looking it up on the web, it sure looked like the pic of a JBCNH. Anyway, I sure appreciate the pos ID Scott, Thanks.
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Great photos GW - Bitterns are experts at hiding in the grasses & reeds - you did a great job of spotting him, and of photgraphing him as well! Thanks for sharing.
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John really nice set. Tack sharp! Love # 3. What lens, and body?
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