American bittern (5)

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  1. squirl033

    squirl033 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    the American bittern is usually a very shy and reclusive bird... this was only the second one i've seen in 8 years! they normally stay out of sight - a lucky birder might get a glimpse of one half-hidden as it moves through the grass and reeds. i spotted this one at a local marsh, and was shocked that it not only came out into the open, but stayed in the open as it worked its way along a shoreline foraging for minnows, completely oblivious to me as i photographed it for nearly an hour from only 40-60 feet away... the last shot is un-cropped, to give you an idea how close i was. it was a cloudy, dull late afternoon, with an occasional drizzle, so the light wasn't at all favorable, but i was able to get some good shots anyway...

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    Very cool

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  3. JacaRanda

    JacaRanda Hobbyist Birdographer

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    That a very nice set. . Like you said, pretty tough get.
     
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    looks almost the same as the bitterns we get here.. Nice set!
     
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    Very nice tough bird to see
     
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    You've got to love it when they let you in close like that. Nice Shots!
     
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    Very nice set! I've never even seen one.
     
  8. Hunter58

    Hunter58 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Awesome set of shots. That's really out in the open alright.
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Very nice set.

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  11. squirl033

    squirl033 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks, everyone, for the kind comments!
     
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    awesome..
     

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