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Little bittern

Little bittern
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-01 1:19
Viewed: 2929
Points: 26
[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.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ixobrychus
Species: I. minutus
Binomial name
Ixobrychus minutus
(Linnaeus, 1766)


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Hi Durzan,
very nice and interesting bird. Nice warm colours. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-01 1:47]

Hello Durzan.
Very good photo. Image of the bird is clear with natural colors. Lighting is good and bird's colors are well looking on the background.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-01 2:23]

Hello Dûrzan,
Excellent close photo of this Little Bittern in its natural environment. Beautiful clear colours and great sharpness. Good POV and composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-01 3:42]

Hi Durzan,what a light and what a position,a magnificent capture whit great quality in a difficult position,you was lucky to meet it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-01 4:32]

Splendid image, Durzan!
Superb sharpness and beautiful light! Splendid natural colours. Great time taken and fantastic eye contact.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Durzan,
fine capture of this bird with a lovely pose, good light and beautiful colours. I also like the splendid sharpness and the overall quality.
Best wishes,

Ciao Durzan. Great pic for the bird in action! Amazing playing of light and beautiful natural colours.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-11-01 7:32]

Hi Durzan,
Excellent photo of this young maybe femal Little bittern, very good sharp and colorful details, nice composition too, TFS!

Merhaba hocam,
Küçük balabanı harika yakalamışsınız.
Ellerinize sağlık.

A very bright and detailed photo. Good light and composition, nice habitat shot. regards yiannis

Ciao Durzan, great capture of interesting bird, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Durzan
Beautiful photo with good composition and good sharpness.

Bonjour Durzan,
Très bon angle de prise de vue sous une excellente profondeur de champ et une belle lumière permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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