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.