American Bittern Doing A Little Posing

An American Bittern out in the open is an extremely rare occurrence for me. So even though I’ve posted photos of this bird once before I thought this unusually cooperative individual deserved some additional exposure.

 

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1/2500, f/6.3, ISO 400, Canon 7D, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

I photographed this one just over three months ago at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. They’re so secretive they’re nearly always buried deeply in the marshes so I couldn’t believe my luck when we found this one out in the open and it actually stayed there as I stopped my pickup along the road next to a canal. The bird watched me carefully for a few moments to make sure I was no threat and then…

 

 

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1/2500, f/6.3, ISO 400, Canon 7D, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

went back to its preening routine that I apparently interrupted. Here it had been scratching its head and neck and I caught the left foot in a somewhat awkward pose that I thought was slightly amusing.

 

 

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1/2500, f/6.3, ISO 400, Canon 7D, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

Then just prior to turning to my left and taking off away from me it gave me a nice, leisurely wing stretch.

Due to habitat degradation and loss American Bittern populations have suffered substantial declines throughout much of North America. I may never find such a cooperative bittern again so I thoroughly enjoyed going through some of these images once more.

Admittedly the setting isn’t very attractive but it’s natural and for me the good look at such a shy and elusive bird more than makes up for any aesthetic deficiency in the setting.

Ron

 

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