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By acaado1  
I have waited one year to get my first glimpse of this elusive bird and when it did come out of the reeds, the afternoon sun was there to great it head on!

This capture was taken at the Tim Jackson hide in the Leighton Moss RSPB reserve. It was some distance away, so I needed 500mm plus 1.4 converter on my 20D body. The image is also cropped slightly.

Thanks for taking a look.


Tags: General Bird Lancashire Bittern Landscape and travel Leighton moss Wildlife and nature

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12 Aug 2008 11:27AM
Wow..lovely capture.

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12 Aug 2008 11:35AM
Well worth the wait.

mikejmb 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2008 12:00PM
Excellent picture of a difficult subject..

Shroomer 11 14 167 England
12 Aug 2008 12:19PM
Envy all over the bird toggers faces and mine Adrian. Superb capture and timing to get it in the clear, a very rare treat. Cant wait till winter they are more common here
Superb capture
Tom-Melton 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2008 12:58PM
excellent to see,to photo is something special,excellent
acaado1 10 5 England
12 Aug 2008 1:11PM
Thanks Gentlemen. Richard I do appreciate how lucky I have been. Sat next to me in the hide were 2 people who had both waited over 20 years to see the bird, yet alone try to photograph it.

It kept in sight for us for 40 minutes, gradually making its way to the waterside. This was the only shot I got without reeds obstructing its face!

Silverzone 10 2 England
12 Aug 2008 4:19PM
Superb image. Sylvia
janty66 10 3 England
12 Aug 2008 6:05PM
fantastic capture..
whiteswan01 10 13 England
12 Aug 2008 6:33PM
stunning well worth the wait
12 Aug 2008 7:08PM
Great shot - very elusive birds

Graywolf 11 1.0k United Kingdom
12 Aug 2008 9:56PM
That wasn't by any chance the day they were cutting the reeds about 2 weeks ago was it. I heard about it in the cafe and scampered down with my gear but by the time I got there...guess what..

I've seen bitterns several times at Leighton Moss but never close enough to be able to get a good photograph.

Very nice shot indeed.

Shuffles off muttering 'lucky *******'
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
13 Aug 2008 12:02AM
Such a rare shot, well done.
Jaff 10 7 1
13 Aug 2008 2:38PM
Marvellous image! I too am positively green with envy.

I've only ever managed distant digiscoped shots and ropey flight shots at LM, never had one come close but I know plenty who have.

Ditto graywolf's last line, LOL!

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