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  Mini#14 Best of 2007
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Bittie -- Least Bittern       ©2008 rschofield
Panasonic DMC-FZ20       9th place, 165 points
1/125s, f3.3, ISO 80, 432mm, Normal Program, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Crop, levels, minimal cloning, shadows/highlights, USM       Extra Info: Taken at dusk 6-Apr-2007 at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Florida
 
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Plebian
Jan 21, 2008
    Congrats finishing TT rschofield!

LindyB
Jan 21, 2008
    Congratulations on a well deserved TT place!

magich
Jan 21, 2008
    Congratulations finishing TT!

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rschofield
Jan 20, 2008
    Thanks all for your very kind comments.

out_of_focus
Jan 20, 2008
    i was in florida, i know how difficult to isolate a frame from disturing branches and leaves from far distance.

Along with that, the shot is beautiful, perfect timing when the heron turns the head, smooth details, sharpness along with bokeh..
Edited on Jan 20, 2008

LindyB
Jan 20, 2008
    One of the best bird shots I've seen. In my TT. Good luck!

beburtt
Jan 19, 2008
    Wonderful exposure, sharp focus, and nice composition. Well done.

Andris
Jan 19, 2008
    Excellent capture, color, clarity...high in my TT

aprilesole
Jan 18, 2008
    Excellent!~I love it!

Joaquin Honda-Moon
Jan 18, 2008
    A bird that I'd very much like to see. I can appreciate the difficulty in finding and photographing such a reticent species - easy to overlook the slight blur and blow-out on some of the feathers. In my TT.

rschofield
Jan 18, 2008
    Thank you all for your kind comments.


After hearing that a pair of Least Bitterns had nested here and finally finding where the nest was located, I waited and waited for this guy to make an appearance and was just about to leave for the day when another photographer said that he would guarantee that the bittern would show up any moment. Sure enough, within five minutes he came flying in to the nest just behind those reeds.


Bitterns (both American and Least) are very shy, secretive birds but this guy on this day decided to sit and pose for all of us who had so patiently waited. And believe me, it was worth the wait!


I have not seen an American Bittern at this location in the last few years (though they may be around and just too well hidden). I did manage to get a photo of one in 2005. You can view it on my SmugMug site here:


http://rschofield.smugmug.com/gallery/465149/1/18822776/Medium
Edited on Jan 19, 2008


magich
Jan 18, 2008
    Great capture.
Nice colors and very well composed and executed.
In my first draft list! Good luck!

broph
Jan 18, 2008
    Beautiful colors, one toe missing but otherwise a great shot.
Good brokeh which makes your subject stand out nicely.
Good luck.

XXPOZURE
Jan 18, 2008
    These birds are hard to find or at least the American Bittern is. Nice capture, in my tt.

LaRee
Jan 18, 2008
    Woohoooo! Beautiful capture!

kankushok
Jan 17, 2008
    Great shot. Birds are always difficult subjects and you did really well.
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