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Little bittern


Little bittern
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon 300mm VR 2.8 D + TC 2X
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-24 8:02
Viewed: 3315
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, native to the Old World, breeding in Africa, central and southern Europe, western and southern Asia, and Madagascar. Birds from temperate regions in Europe and western Asia are migratory, wintering in Africa and further south in Asia, while those nesting in the tropics are sedentary. It is rare north of its breeding range. It is a very small bittern; at 27–36 cm in length, 40–58 cm wingspan and 60-150 g weight. The smallest specimens are perhaps the smallest herons on earth. It has a short neck, longish bill and buff underparts. The male's back and crown are black, and the wings are black with a large white patch on each wing. The female has a browner back and a buff-brown wing patch.
There are three subspecies:
• Ixobrychus minutus minutus (Linnaeus, 1766). Europe, Asia, northern Africa; winters in sub-saharan Africa and southern Asia.
• Ixobrychus minutus payesii (Hartlaub, 1858). Sub-saharan Africa, resident.
• Ixobrychus minutus podiceps (Bonaparte, 1855). Madagascar, resident.
The Australian Little Bittern (Ixobrychus dubius) and the extinct New Zealand Little Bittern (Ixobrychus novaezelandiae) were formerly considered subspecies of the Little Bittern.
The Little Bittern's breeding habitat is reedbeds. It nests on platforms of reeds in shrubs, and 4-8 eggs are laid. It can be difficult to see, given its skulking lifestyle and reedbed habitat.These bitterns feed on fish, insects and amphibians.

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Hallo Zeno,
Weereens 'n uitstaande beeld van jou in pragtige kleure en baie goeie gehalte. Die komieklike houding van hierdie voëlsoort is amusant. Welgedaan en beste groete.

Neels

Hello Zeno,
This is a beautiful image of this little bird. Beautiful colors and sharp clear details with good POV. Interesting notes. Well done and tfs.
Regards
Natley

Ciao Zeno, lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Zeno
Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.
Regards,
Christodoulos

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