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Old Aug 29, 2015, 10:31 AM   #1
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went to a local marsh yesterday to find an American bittern i'd heard was there. sure enough, it was... and it really gave me a show! i spent a solid hour watching and photographing this reclusive, seldom-seen bird out in the open as it foraged along the edge of a pond.

here are some photos of the bittern with one of the half-dozen little minnows it caught while working its way along the water's edge... none were much larger than this one, but the bittern caught one every 10 minutes or so. it was probably about 40 feet away for these shots; i've cropped a bit just to enlarge details, but not much. the third one is cropped a bit closer, just to show the fish in mid-air in the bird's beak more clearly. the last image is uncropped, full-frame, just for reference.







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Old Aug 30, 2015, 6:27 PM   #2
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Those are really nice with such an elusive bird. I am so impressed with that lens.

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thanks, Steve. yeah, that Tamron really is a game-changer... i've seen a few of the Sigmas, but most of the 150-600's i've seen have been Tammies. i'm thrilled with mine, for sure!
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This is a difficult bird to photograph. I have not been able to get a picture yet! Excellent series!
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thanks, WSKSer! yeah, they're elusive... they don't come out in the open much, which is why i was so amazed to be able to spend an hour shooting this one!!
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Great catch of the flying fish!
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thanks, NHL! i was just astonished at how much time this bird spent out in the open.. so totally unlike most bitterns! they're usually so very reclusive that it's hard to get more than a few quick shots before they spot you and disappear into the weeds again...
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