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CK Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Apr 2004Thu 25-Jul-13 01:51 AM
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"American bitterns"
Thu 25-Jul-13 01:58 AM by CK

Mississauga, CA
          

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
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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Thu 25-Jul-13 01:54 AM
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Lowden, US
          

Wow ... Very nice images of a difficult to find bird!

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CK Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Apr 2004Thu 25-Jul-13 02:20 AM
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Mississauga, CA
          

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!
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slopoki1 Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Jun 2012Thu 25-Jul-13 08:54 AM
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It's hard to find these guys in the open CK.
You did well.
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Jim Pearce Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004Thu 25-Jul-13 10:32 PM
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Grimsby, CA
          

Well done CK! The American bittern is still on my nemesis list.

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CK Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Apr 2004Thu 25-Jul-13 11:14 PM
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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks Jim and Rick. Jim, if you want to head up to Algonquin Park and try for them, I can tell you where to look. To get close to them, you'll need a canoe, kayak, or cool looking paddle boat like I posted here:
http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=161&topic_id=144172&mesg_id=144172&page=#160450

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af4nc Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Jul 2007Thu 25-Jul-13 11:46 PM
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Nice shots. Good job on exposure and color

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vcottman Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2006Sat 27-Jul-13 03:20 AM
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Great series Chuck!

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CK Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Apr 2004Sat 27-Jul-13 04:07 PM
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Mississauga, CA
          

Tom, Vaughn, thanks for taking time to comment.
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CK
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Countryboy Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Mar 2007Mon 29-Jul-13 02:03 AM
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That look good to me. I've photographed them once, but I see them perched in tree sometimes--pretty secretive, I suppose. Thanks for posting them.

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CK Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Apr 2004Wed 31-Jul-13 09:17 PM
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Mississauga, CA
          

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.

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CK
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cockers Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006Mon 29-Jul-13 02:33 PM
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Great shots Chuck! I really like the last one.

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Tue 30-Jul-13 09:47 AM
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Very good series of a normally very shy critter!

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landism Registered since 22nd Oct 2011Tue 30-Jul-13 10:01 AM
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cool!!

  

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CK Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Apr 2004Wed 31-Jul-13 09:18 PM
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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks for the comments gentlemen.
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CK
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