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Well what a day we had yesterday down on the Somerset Levels. We got down there nice and early which was a really good move as the whole place was alive with insects, especially as I went for the Dragonflies. However as the morning went on and it got warmer the dragons became more and more active and the only way to get near them was with the long lenses.

The good thing about having the long lens on is that there's always a chance shot of nailing one of the many rare birds that frequent the area as was the case with this image of a Bittern which flew overhead. Bit of a grab shot admittedly, but I just love how the morning light which was very harsh just catches those wings a treat........It's not perfect, I've had to lift the shadow details a little, but I was well happy with this one purely on it's rarity value.

Going to be spending the day mostly resting my spine now as it's completely kaput after yesterday's session and is more or less in complete spasm......But boy it's worth all the pain!

Thanks for looking......Ade

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Sigma EX DG APO HSM 50-500mm (Bigma)
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:26 May 2012 - 10:29 AM
Focal Length:417mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/3200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Bittern Flypast
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:27 May 2012 - 9:29 AM
Tags:Bittern, Flash / lighting, General, Somerset levels, Sports / action, Wildlife / nature
Votes:34

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2012 - 9:44 AM

you jammy thing finding not only a bittern but one in flight, I have spent hours up the local hide and not even a dicky bird of one to see and I had word of sightings but not for meSad great shot - enjoy your day with feet up and a cuppa or something stronger maybeWink

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lil48
lil48  4
27 May 2012 - 10:06 AM

great capture, superb BIF shot

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2012 - 10:35 AM

A terrific opportunistic capture Ade, you must be the bittern whisperer of Bristol as you always seem to attract them!Wink I've only ever seen one once at Slimbridge a few years back. I saw a very large red kite circling overhead on my way to Prestbury Hill yesterday afternoon, alas I only had my macro lens with meSad

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achieverswales
27 May 2012 - 10:40 AM

Awesome capture of this elusive bird Ade.

Regards

Trev.

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6537 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2012 - 10:41 AM

I have only ever seen one in photo's like this, I guess in my case its once BITTERN twice shy, well done mate, now rest up and watch the cricket.

gary

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2012 - 11:34 AM

I hope you didn't get bittern by any insects down on the levels yesterday, I bet it was swarming with flies and gnats and other biting beasties!Wink

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95916 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2012 - 12:05 PM

Bet you were well chuffed with this one Ade

Some crap jokes above, by the wayWinkTongue

Adrian

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lostnspace2011
27 May 2012 - 12:43 PM

Beautiful capture Ade. Love how the sunlight is hitting him....

Mark

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2012 - 1:12 PM

It that Gary and Ed, you know the one.....Your bleeding Nephew! Tongue If his puns get any worse I think I'll take him out on a supposed meet, tie him to a tree and have him shot!

Ade GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
27 May 2012 - 3:45 PM

Terrific capture Ade.

Len

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2012 - 3:54 PM

A terrific shot to have in the PF Ade. Fortunate to see one at any time but to get one in flight is a serious bonus.
Ron

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2012 - 4:41 PM

Indeed a sight woth having Ade.
Ron.

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7124 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2012 - 8:33 PM

Cracking shot to get a Bittern in flight nice one Ade

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
28 May 2012 - 4:58 AM

SUPERB capture! Nice one!
IB

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 - 6:08 PM

superb, brilliant timing
bunSmile

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