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One of my favourite "hunting" trips is the American Bittern, from the kayak. This elusive bird is often located by it's very distintive call. This trip I managed to find a pair. The first one wasn't too co-operative and took off quickly. The other let me share some time observing this master of camouflage. These guys hide by mimicking their surroundings. The colours change a little in the series as it was 6:00 am and the sun was just cresting the hills.

1) Sometimes all you can see is their head:






2) Checking out the kayak:






3) Turns out there were two:






4) Profile shot:






5) Blending in:






6) Environmental shot:






Hope you enjoy these, I know I enjoyed the experience!



May 05, 2012 at 02:48 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · American Bittern


These are a very interesting series.

It is hard to get interesting angles as the bittern always seems to strike the same pose and mostly in the rushes.

Thanks for sharing.



May 05, 2012 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · American Bittern


Such interesting birds - very nice shots. I like 5&6 especially.


May 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · American Bittern


Great set of getting closer and closer, Mike.
3, 4 and 6 wants me to rush out and find one. But the chances are rather low to see one.
Chris



May 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · American Bittern


#6, is the clear winner for me. These guys must catch a lot of frogs in a day.

Tony



May 05, 2012 at 04:52 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · American Bittern


A really nice set, with #6 being the class of the field for me. Good stuff.


May 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · American Bittern


Very nice series. #6 for me.

Rob



May 05, 2012 at 05:11 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · American Bittern


Cool shots Mike. I guess these fellas are tough to spot and photograph
David



May 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · American Bittern


3, 4 and 6 are my picks Mike.

Fine job with this shy bird

Morris



May 05, 2012 at 07:33 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · American Bittern


Nice shots
6 for me too

Howard



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · American Bittern


the last is my favorite Mike


May 05, 2012 at 10:49 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · American Bittern


Nice set - I really like how you show them in they're habitat. I like that, and it gives people an idea of how camoflauged they are in the grasses/cattails. I also love their call - nothing better than being in a marsh @ dusk and hearing their strange call.
6 is my fave of the set



May 05, 2012 at 11:27 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · American Bittern


Nice set. Last one is great.
harsha



May 06, 2012 at 03:57 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · American Bittern


Grats on this set Mike, facinating bird and very well presented in habitat

Tom



May 06, 2012 at 04:18 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · American Bittern


What fun it must be to stalk these guys in the Kayak.
Nice set and commentary Mike... #6 is really, really nice.

Kirk



May 06, 2012 at 05:30 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · American Bittern


Very hard bird to photograph, you did well.


May 06, 2012 at 05:51 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · American Bittern


Nice set Mike. A nice progression in the shots, and the last is my pick ~ Ron


May 06, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · American Bittern


Thanks to all. It's a pleasure to share with so many talented photographers!


May 06, 2012 at 06:57 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · American Bittern


Thanks for posting Mike. #6 is also my favorite.

Ted



May 06, 2012 at 07:00 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · American Bittern


Nice set!

Paul.



May 06, 2012 at 08:01 PM
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