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Sharp Ice Skates or Toad Killing Feet

By Ade_Osman    
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

Tags: Birds General Close-up and macro Bittern Wildlife and nature Sports and action

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 8:12AM
Stunningly sharp capture here. The bird's expression is amazing (can birds have expressions)?

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KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 8:15AM
They are just getting better Ade !

betts 10 1 England
10 Feb 2012 8:22AM
Excellent shot.
Mike_S 7 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 8:44AM
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
Richsr 11 91 223 England
10 Feb 2012 8:49AM
Good details and tones in the feather Ade
Regards Richard
Pamella 10 1 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 9:19AM
wow if that's full frame then you have been very fortunate it came that close! Another belting image
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 9:36AM
Great shot .Rob
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
10 Feb 2012 9:39AM
wow again!
what a grand shot!!! and I love the title, too!
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 9:54AM
Superb capture!

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 10:04AM
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
soulofharmony 8 22 1 Norfolk Island
10 Feb 2012 10:10AM
Well done on catching this elusive bird..... truly beautiful shot ...Wink

Nikki !!!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
10 Feb 2012 10:16AM

Quote:They are just getting better Ade !


Just what I was thinking, Ade, don't know if it's possible to improve on this one, coz it's stunning Smile Carol
skewey 12 31 England
10 Feb 2012 10:49AM
Right place right time a great image Ade.

gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 10:57AM
Amazing capture once again Ade - wonderful! Good luck in the comp!
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
10 Feb 2012 11:13AM
Another great shot of this bird, the detail captured quite excellent, Ade.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 11:34AM
Superb shot, Ade.
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
10 Feb 2012 12:04PM
As good as it gets Ade - a corker.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
10 Feb 2012 12:07PM
Excellent in all respects Ade,
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 12:31PM
You are just luck...
I can not get the birds to come to me...
Well taken...

John_Wannop 13 98 Wales
10 Feb 2012 3:06PM
Very nice.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
10 Feb 2012 3:14PM
Very fine shot Ade. Got some lovely detail about him.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 3:30PM
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

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
10 Feb 2012 4:04PM
Title might be (well worth the wait) Stunning capture Ade


footloose 7 1 England
10 Feb 2012 4:21PM
Now that is a great bird image!
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 5:01PM
Superb shot !!!....gorgeous clarity !!!
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 5:05PM
FANTASTIC SHOT Ade, your brave waiting for these shots in this cold weatherSmileSmileTongue
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
10 Feb 2012 5:14PM
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.
cdm36 14 391 7 England
10 Feb 2012 6:29PM
Love the position of that back claw on the ice, well captured again mate Smile
10 Feb 2012 6:32PM
Love your bittern shots
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
10 Feb 2012 6:49PM
Another great capture

Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 7:07PM
This is my fave up to now. Like that touch of blur in the feet that gives the image movement.
Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 9:02PM
Clearest shot of a Bittern I've ever seen. Well done.
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
10 Feb 2012 9:36PM
Excellent, really super to see.

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
11 Feb 2012 4:55AM
A wonderful image, great detail.........Sandy
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 6:55AM
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.
11 Feb 2012 5:20PM
john_starkey 7 2 3 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 7:40PM
You lucky begger you,i would love a shot like this,seriously worth freezing your nut's off for,a cracker Ade,

Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
13 Feb 2012 6:51PM
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.
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
14 Feb 2012 11:44AM
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

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