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Bittern Flypast

By Ade_Osman    
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

Tags: General Bittern Somerset levels Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting Sports and action

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pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 9:44AM
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 7
27 May 2012 10:06AM
great capture, superb BIF shot
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
27 May 2012 10:35AM
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
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
27 May 2012 10:40AM
Awesome capture of this elusive bird Ade.


gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
27 May 2012 10:41AM
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.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
27 May 2012 11:34AM
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
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 12:05PM
Bet you were well chuffed with this one Ade

Some crap jokes above, by the wayWinkTongue

27 May 2012 12:43PM
Beautiful capture Ade. Love how the sunlight is hitting him....

Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
27 May 2012 1:12PM
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
27 May 2012 3:45PM
Terrific capture Ade.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
27 May 2012 3:54PM
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.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
27 May 2012 4:41PM
Indeed a sight woth having Ade.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 469 1 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 8:33PM
Cracking shot to get a Bittern in flight nice one Ade
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
28 May 2012 4:58AM
SUPERB capture! Nice one!
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 6:08PM
superb, brilliant timing

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