Sunday, 27 January 2008

Potteric Carr Bittern

A good visit to this reserve was capped by close sighting of a Bittern from the Piper Marsh Hide in nice golden mid afternoon light.

We arrived at the hide which was full but a few people immediately left and we were lucky enough to get a seat to the right hand side. I was content watching the Shovellers displaying and a gentleman said that a Bittern had been seen in the morning on the island to the front of the hide near some cut reeds.

Five minutes later and a chap from the left hand side of the hide says he can see a Bittern moving. Even those on my right can see it! Where is it, its closer than where I am looking and despite being at the back of the throng of onlookers at least I have a view of the bird moving out towards the open water and of course walking back before it gets too open. Cracking views, I know Bitterns are elusive and very difficult to see with their fantastic camouflage but they do get close to hides at Potteric and Minsmere.

Photgraphed at 500mm ISO800, 1/500 sec at f6.3,exposure compensation 1/3 little cropping required.


East Ayton Birding said...

Nice shots Mike - we're fortunate to have somewhere in the county that gives the opportunity to get Bittern shots - a class bird.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Yes, very lucky Dave. We really like Potteric Carr although it was only our second visit. We need to visit during the different seasons.
I printed one of the shots and mounted and framed it and it looks good.
Enjoyed your pictures this week. We seem to have a few raptors about having seen two Buzzards ourselves last Saturday over Wykeham Carr.

Snowbabies said...

Wonderful pictures of a very shy bird.

I can't believe how many times I've driven past here and never actualy visited, I'll have to call in there soon.

Paul. (