Least Bitterns are the most

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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
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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?

Louie
 
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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!!!
 
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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?

Louie
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.
 
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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.
 
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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!!!
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.
 
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