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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


So, I was photographing a Great Blue Heron fishing in a pond when I saw something in my peripheral vision. Fortunately I had a second camera not on a tripod and quickly got a couple of shots off. While not perfect, it was a first for me. I think I had seen one Bittern the year before for about 2 seconds and never got a shot of it...
Only 1 of the shots is even decent enough to post...
You just never know what's going to show up. (Even if it's not a Bittern but a Green Heron instead )
Eric

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May 01, 2012 at 03:58 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


Great catch Eric!! I love those moments when something wonderful and unexpected happens. Great job being quick enough to capture him.


May 01, 2012 at 04:04 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


Great shot Eric.
Harsha



May 01, 2012 at 04:07 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


It is always fun to find something new and exciting to keep our interest in the photography game alive. This sounds just like such a moment, so great job at capturing the evidence of your passion.


May 01, 2012 at 04:08 AM
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ashley138 wrote:
Great catch Eric!! I love those moments when something wonderful and unexpected happens. Great job being quick enough to capture him.

Thanks Ashley...I do think this is what brings us back...planning and getting the shot is great but the unexpected is what I enjoy most.
Eric



May 01, 2012 at 05:00 AM
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harshaj1 wrote:
Great shot Eric.
Harsha

Thanks Harsha!



May 01, 2012 at 05:00 AM
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KCollett wrote:
It is always fun to find something new and exciting to keep our interest in the photography game alive. This sounds just like such a moment, so great job at capturing the evidence of your passion.

Thanks Kenny....I hope to get a better shot sometime but in the meantime this was a nice encounter.
Eric



May 01, 2012 at 05:01 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


Congrats on the first, Eric Bitterns are such cool birds. Glad you captured the moment.

Hard to tell based on angle, but could that be a least bittern? While it looks too big to be a least, it appears to have a bit more color than the American. I'm probably wrong, though.

Jim



May 01, 2012 at 06:07 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


NOW yer shootin from the hip brother!!


May 01, 2012 at 06:21 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


Great reflection Eric and an awesome catch too.

Khai



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


nice one Eric.. i only get to look at the rear end


May 01, 2012 at 08:14 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


Maybe we will have to start calling you Quick Draw Eric. Good job on the flyer ~ Ron


May 01, 2012 at 01:22 PM
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It's not luck; it's being out there where the action is and things will happen. You just have to be ready. Nice reflexes. Don


May 01, 2012 at 01:36 PM
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Looks like a Green Heron to me. Not the right color for an american bittern.


May 01, 2012 at 01:54 PM
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Sorry Eric but I'm going with Keith here, that's a Greenie Nice job on the quick draw

Tim



May 01, 2012 at 02:01 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


I have to agree that this is a green heron.

The head is the give away.

Thanks for sharing .



May 01, 2012 at 02:03 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


kluckie Looks like a Green Heron to me. Not the right color for an american bittern. Sorry Eric but I'm going with Keith here, that's a Greenie Nice job on the quick draw Tim

Oh crap...I should have hit the delete button ....thanks a lot for busting my bubble
Well, it's my first GHIF...unless someone else chimes in and tells me its a mutant RWBB
I stand corrected and will continue to search for my first bittern.
Eric



May 01, 2012 at 02:07 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


Well, Eric, shooting suddenly from the hip (vertically) and getting such an excellent flight shot is quite impressive. Getting the "boid's" left eye in the shot like that helps also.
Charlie



May 01, 2012 at 04:16 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


Holy Mackerel! You guys are good. Nice exposure on the fly laser. I love the back light on the wings.


May 01, 2012 at 04:56 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Didn't expect THIS! Bittern(um...Green Heron) in flight


Congrats on your first GHIF, Eric. Well done on reacting quickly.
I'm sure one day you will capture your american bittern.
Chris



May 01, 2012 at 08:42 PM
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