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Little Bittern


Little Bittern
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-06-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-03-23 6:03
Viewed: 174
Points: 10
[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.

Description
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.

Behaviour
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.

Source: Wikipedia

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Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, perfect focus on eye, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15608] (65295)
  • [2019-03-23 15:20]

Hi Peter,great capture of this little bittern,an excellent quality and a natural composition too,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Peter,
Nice to see this Little Bittern in its natural habitat. Like its POV. Good details and natural colors. Eyes look bit out of focus. Quite well fixed.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,
Srikumar

Hello Peter,
This is a lovely specie. The colors are natural. Always hiding beyond the reef....
Marius.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 0 N: 434] (8575)
  • [2019-03-24 23:15]

beautiful..

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