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Yellow Bittern

Yellow Bittern
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/4
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-19 0:46
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Points: 2
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Yellow Bittern
(Ixobrychus sinensis)
Size: 38 cm

Smallest in our region; upper-parts yellowish-brown; under-parts paler; bill yellow; legs greenish-yellow. Male has a black cap and plain back while the female has buffy stripes on under-parts and back; no black cap. Juvenileís under-parts are whitish with dark streaks above and below.

Described as a chattering kerek-kerek; short kakak-kakak when taking off.

Inhabits reed-beds and wet scrub near rivers and wet paddy. Solitary but breeding densities can be quite high. Itís usually seen in feeding fights, particularly when feeding the young in reed-bed nests. It feeds on fish, amphibians and insects.

Common winter visitor throughout the island including Ubin and Sentosa.

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Hi Ang,

Excellent shot on this Yellow Bittern. Nice detail and colors in the plumage. Although tightly cropped in the frame I think it works well. Beautiful OOF background!!


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