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Blown away by yesterday's reaction to my Bittern upload, so thought I go with another for today, this was the closest this beautiful bird came to me and is a full frame image, I even managed to to change the ISO down to 400 as the light improved just a little. Couldn't decide on a suitable title though, so gave it two. Probably one of the best shots from the session although I'm hanging on to a couple more for this months EPZ Nature Competition Not that I'll be lucky enough to win it, but as I said yesterday, it always worth a punt.

Thanks to everyone for their very kind comments on yesterday's image, I'll be busy most of the day with the Living Room redecoration project, but will try and pop in and see what everyone else has been up to at various times of the day.....

Regards to all.....Ade

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Sigma EX DG APO HSM 50-500mm (Bigma)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Feb 2012 - 12:16 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Sharp Ice Skates or Toad Killing Feet
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:10 Feb 2012 - 8:09 AM
Tags:Birds, Bittern, Close-up / macro, General, Sports / action, Wildlife / nature
Votes:82

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 5LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 8:12 AM

Stunningly sharp capture here. The bird's expression is amazing (can birds have expressions)?

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KBan
KBan  9456 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 8:15 AM

They are just getting better Ade !

Keith

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betts
betts  6 England
10 Feb 2012 - 8:22 AM

Excellent shot.
betts

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Mike_S
Mike_S e2 Member 2Mike_S vcard United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 - 8:44 AM

Fabulous capture Ade. You are so lucky to see such a rare sight so close up although
I know if you put the hours in - the luckier you get Smile
Mike.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 8:49 AM

Good details and tones in the feather Ade
Regards Richard

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Pamella
Pamella  6 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 - 9:19 AM

wow if that's full frame then you have been very fortunate it came that close! Another belting image

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bobsblues
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10 Feb 2012 - 9:36 AM

Great shot .Rob

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 2186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 9:39 AM

wow again!
what a grand shot!!! and I love the title, too!

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franken
franken e2 Member 112913 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 9:54 AM

Superb capture!

Ken

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 10:04 AM

I am not playing anymoreSad how come you get the Bittern and I sit patiently for hours on end and not even a whisperWink thro gritted teeth mind - I will simply have to say this is a magical shotGrin

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soulofharmony
soulofharmony e2 Member 4soulofharmony vcard Norfolk Island1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 10:10 AM

Well done on catching this elusive bird..... truly beautiful shot ...Wink


Nikki !!!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7124 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 10:16 AM


Quote: They are just getting better Ade !

Keith

Just what I was thinking, Ade, don't know if it's possible to improve on this one, coz it's stunning Smile Carol

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skewey
skewey  731 forum posts England
10 Feb 2012 - 10:49 AM

Right place right time a great image Ade.

Paul

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gingerdelight
10 Feb 2012 - 10:57 AM

Amazing capture once again Ade - wonderful! Good luck in the comp!
Carol

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4132 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 11:13 AM

Another great shot of this bird, the detail captured quite excellent, Ade.
Ronnie.

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 - 11:34 AM

Superb shot, Ade.
Tony

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 81872 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 12:04 PM

As good as it gets Ade - a corker.
Brian.

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 12:07 PM

Excellent in all respects Ade,
Geoff.

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 12:31 PM

You are just luck...
I can not get the birds to come to me...
Well taken...

Dave

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John_Wannop
10 Feb 2012 - 3:06 PM

Very nice.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 3:14 PM

Very fine shot Ade. Got some lovely detail about him.
Ron

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85742 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 3:30 PM

If you have one or two tucked away, that are better than this, then the others might as well stay at homeWink

A session you must be very proud of mateTongue

Adrian

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achieverswales
10 Feb 2012 - 4:04 PM

Title might be (well worth the wait) Stunning capture Ade

Regards

Trev.

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footloose
footloose  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 4:21 PM

Now that is a great bird image!
Dennis

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4386 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 5:01 PM

Superb shot !!!....gorgeous clarity !!!

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 4Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 - 5:05 PM

FANTASTIC SHOT Ade, your brave waiting for these shots in this cold weatherSmileSmileTongue
Brian

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 5:14 PM

This is definitely not a case of once bittern twice shy Ade, this is a fantastic follow up to yesterdays upload and an even better one in my opinion.

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cdm36
cdm36 e2 Member 10390 forum postscdm36 vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 6:29 PM

Love the position of that back claw on the ice, well captured again mate Smile

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 6:32 PM

Love your bittern shots
mike

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1080 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
10 Feb 2012 - 6:49 PM

Another great capture

Peter

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 7:07 PM

This is my fave up to now. Like that touch of blur in the feet that gives the image movement.

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 - 9:02 PM

Clearest shot of a Bittern I've ever seen. Well done.

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 9:36 PM

Excellent, really super to see.

B.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 4:55 AM

A wonderful image, great detail.........Sandy

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 3johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 6:55 AM

Another superb shot and a great bird. I do not think I have ever seen a Bittern out in the open like this so well done on your patients.
David

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sparrowhawk
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11 Feb 2012 - 5:20 PM

magnificent

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john_starkey
john_starkey e2 Member 3john_starkey vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 7:40 PM

You lucky begger you,i would love a shot like this,seriously worth freezing your nut's off for,a cracker Ade,

John.

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Norfolkboy
Norfolkboy e2 Member 8Norfolkboy vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 6:51 PM

A superb capture Ade, again another species I have yet to capture myself though here in Norfolk
Bitterns are quite numerous locally but my day will come.
Colin

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6191 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2012 - 11:44 AM

An absolute stunner, Ade - expecially with that little hint of movement blur on the lifted foot. Superb eye, plumage detail and patterning. Swap for a Spotted flycatcher or Goldcrest WinkSmile
Sylvia

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