took a brief 2 night trip to Algonquin Park, and was able to get a number of shots of American bitterns. We saw 2 on our first night's paddle, and then 4 the next morning in the same area. I believe they are all juvenile birds based on the fluffy head feathers. I like the bad-hair-day look in #1 and the size of the feet in #3.
D7100, hand held (some with bean bag for support) from a canoe. Some cropping, straightening, pp in LR4. Some shot at 640 ISO so are a bit grainy/noisy. Others taken at ISO 320. All taken with Sigma 150-500 in the 300 to 450 mm range.
Enjoy and take care, CK Nikonian in Ontario, Canada
#2. "RE: American bitterns" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks Dave. Actually I have to credit my wife for putting us in the position of getting these shots. We had come across a black bear on a not-too-distant shore and I was looking to paddle a bit closer. My wife thought the 6-10 inches or so of water we were in was not a big impediment to the bear and convinced me we should back off. Reluctantly (perhaps poutingly?) I turned us around and headed back to camp. About 5 minutes later we came across a heron, a beaver and the first 2 bitterns. So definitely a pretty good evening! Take care, CK Nikonian in Ontario, Canada
#13. "RE: American bitterns" In response to Reply # 9
Thanks Tom. I have to say how pleasantly surprised I was that these young birds were willing to let me stay in their presence. Every now and then, they'd go into their you-can't-see-me-I'm-a bunch-of-reeds pose, but then we'd back the canoe off a couple of metres and they'd soon continue on with their daily routines. My wife and I felt very fortunate.