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Least Bitterns are the most

Discussion in 'Birds' started by HarryB, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Hi Y'all,

    In the 4 years I've shot at the Viera Wetlands I have managed to get shots of a least bittern twice. Its a hard capture as its a small bird, easily spooked and it stays in cover 99% of the time. Its the smallest member of the heron family Its length is 11-14 inches, wingspan 16-18 inches and weighs around 3 ounces.

    Recently there's been at least 6 of these suckers hanging out at the wetlands. I ran into 4 of them yesterday. Of course it was raining and the available light was very low. I shot these at ISO 500 and at fairly slow shutter speeds. I had to take around 200 shots to get a small handfull of acceptable shots.

    here's a zoomed out shot to give you an idea of how small they are
    NIKON D100    ---    160mm    f/6.3    1/250s   

    NIKON D200    ---    850mm    f/6.7    1/640s    ISO 500

    NIKON D200    ---    850mm    f/6.7    1/200s    ISO 500

    NIKON D200    ---    850mm    f/6.7    1/350s    ISO 500

    NIKON D200    ---    420mm    f/6.3    1/500s    ISO 400

    NIKON D200    ---    420mm    f/5.6    1/500s    ISO 500

    NIKON D200    ---    420mm    f/5.6    1/350s    ISO 400

    NIKON D200    ---    420mm    f/5.6    1/350s    ISO 400
  2. Given the shooting conditions, Harry, you've capthured some wonderfuls shots!
  3. cknight


    May 2, 2005
    Madison, AL
    Good catches Harry.
    I like 2 & 7 the best. The ruffled feathers give him/her some personality.
  4. Way to go Harry, I'd say you have done very well indeed with the light you had to work with. This is certainly one capture I still look forward to getting. Glad to see you out there come rain or sunshine, great captures Harry.

    How's the road around Veira holding up?

  5. Very well done Harry and d-n it! I saw one of those suckers when I was at Viera during MIV and though to was an immature greeneie, I have a few odd pictures of it. Had I know I would have pursued harder - and yes it rained that day too!!!
  6. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida

    thank you Nick, the condtions were less than optimal.
  7. cute little birds.. . . .excellent images as usual
  8. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    good or bad conditions your talent comes shining through !!
  9. I would consider these shots way above what I would find "Acceptable"

    Very well done Harry
  10. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    May 16, 2006
    #5, love the attitude. Great image.
  11. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thanks Chris
  12. Glacier


    Jan 17, 2006
    Boaz, Alabama
    Nicely done Harry! The soft lighting looks pretty good to me.
  13. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Good shots
    Yes they are little buggers to shoot
  14. Nice capture Harry.
  15. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Hey Louie,

    The road is fine, its muddy, bumpy, and filled with little pools of water. Just the way I like it. It keeps the civilians away. :biggrin:

    Thanks for the kind words.
  16. I love it, "keeps the civilians away", I'm with you on that note.

  17. Boy, very nice I like all especially the last.
  18. tech1961


    Jan 28, 2007
    Houston Tx.
    They are tough to get a picture of. You did a great job on these. I spooked at least a half dozen of these guys the other day and never was able to get off a shot.
  19. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    A couple of years ago I passed on some shots of them for the same reason. :redface:

    I have never seen so many at Viera before. I had seen about two in 4 years and then I saw 6 on the same day and got shots in on 4 of them. Even my guide book says its hard to keep a count on their population because they are so shy. Maybe its the rain that brings them out in the open.
  20. Those are wonderful Harry. I only saw two of these ever. I could never get a decent shot of them (yet).
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