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Bittern: Botaurus stellaris

By Gezina  
My appologies for not being around much - work & a project I'm working on doesn't give me much time to play Sad
We had a week in the New Forest and after a backbraking 2.5 - 3 hours just catching glimpses of this elusive reeddweller with a lot of reeds in the way, it finally decided to play ball & came in the clear for just about a minute or so, it was so close that I could only take shots in portrait format - needless to say I'm pleased to add this one to my p/f - Ina

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: ianrobinson, Alvar, SteveMoulding and 54 more

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ianrobinson 12 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2011 10:40PM
fantastic shot well worth being patient i think. this bird certainly blends in well with its surroundings.
Alvar 15 23 2 France
18 Mar 2011 10:42PM
You should be proud .Smile It is a great capture.
saeidNL 12 3 Netherlands
18 Mar 2011 10:50PM
Fantastic capture indeed,very well done,
teocali Plus
13 442 18 England
18 Mar 2011 11:07PM
Superb capture of this shy camouflage artist, Ina. Wonderful plumage detail/tones/patterning and super eye. Posing beautifully and looking so good against the warm-toned natural background.
Steve_S Plus
16 183 3 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2011 11:20PM
Great capture Ina, shows just how well this bird blends in with its surroundings
jeanmarie 12 12 England
18 Mar 2011 11:21PM
lovely detailing and such fantastic camouflage!Smile
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
18 Mar 2011 11:46PM
Superb shot, so crisp and sharp, Ina: strikes me you were lucky to spot it, so well camouflaged it appears to be against the reeds.
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
19 Mar 2011 5:19AM
Very well spotted, Ina, what fantastic camouflage, a superb capture. Carol
Ray42 13 3 England
19 Mar 2011 7:14AM
I would be ecstatic to get this shot - a real cracker - showing it off in its natural habitat and how well it is camouflage - I am glad that your patience was very well rewarded
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 8:26AM
damn damn damn exactly what I have been after for months Ina and so full of envy - this is a great shot
Alec1 14 4 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 8:33AM
Stunning shot Ina with great detail, deserves much more attention than it is getting.
rogerfry 16 543 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 10:26AM
Well done Ina.....A great find, and a superb image as a result. You should be really proud of this one.

Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 11:00AM
Exceptional shot Ina, with the light captured and plumage detail showing so well...worth all the waiting
so envious!Wink
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
19 Mar 2011 2:42PM
Well worth the time and effort Ina. A superb capture of this elusive and shy bird. My pleasure to be 30 and a UA.
Mynett 13 142 6 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 2:55PM
as good as I have ever seen Ina

super shot of this elusive bird

bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 51 England
19 Mar 2011 4:47PM
Wonderful capture Ina - these birds are so hard to spot. Superb detail.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
19 Mar 2011 4:57PM
It's amazing you managed to spot this, Ina, it's very well camouflaged against the reeds. Excellent capture Smile
Trev Smile
tomcat 16 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 5:53PM
As good a one, I've seen InaGrin

19 Mar 2011 7:07PM
This is stunning ,well worth the time spent gray.
19 Mar 2011 7:38PM
Amazing capture!
SurreyHillsMan 14 27 2 England
20 Mar 2011 8:11AM
A wonderful capture Ina!

Shroomer 15 14 167 England
20 Mar 2011 5:29PM
Absolutely brilliant Ina and very well waited, it paid off for sure
TerryMcK 13 72 2 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2011 6:45PM
A superb capture of this annoyingly elusive bird, Ina. Like many other bird photographers on EPZ, I'd love to have claimed this as mine!
21 Mar 2011 9:36PM
SUPERB Ina,best Bittern I have seen Wink
vandalp 14
22 Mar 2011 8:48PM
Well worth the wait Ina, great capture.
User_Removed 11 34 4 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2011 7:36AM
Worth the time and effort Ina. A amazing capture of this elusive bird. My pleasure to give you a user award

Dinney 13 2 England
26 Mar 2011 7:56AM
I'd be very proud to have this in my PF too Ina, superb detail and light.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
28 Mar 2011 7:16PM
An outstanding image of the bittern Ina, you've captured him/her in such wonderful light and the detail in the plumage is immaculate. You certainly made the most of your window of opportunity
harrattp 15 11 4 England
10 Apr 2011 1:03PM
Simply superb capture Ina. Having never heard one let alone seen one I am enormously jealous.


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