American Bittern - Ottawa, Ontario by Michael Cummings

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“Although common in much of its range, the American Bittern is usually well-hidden in bogs, marshes and wet meadows. Usually solitary, it walks stealthily among cattails or bullrushes. If it senses that it has been seen, the American Bittern becomes motionless, with its bill pointed upward, causing it to blend into the reeds. It is most active at dusk. More often heard than seen, this bittern has a call that resembles a congested pump.” Wikipedia

Nikon D300
ISO 400
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 MM
WB Shade


american bittern, marsh, nature, ponds, shorebird, streams, swamp, water bird, wildlife


  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot Michael

  • Thank you Bob

    – Michael Cummings

  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    A beautiful and sharp bird shot in beautiful nature.
    Excellent done,

  • Thank you John :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Very nicely composed and though the Bittern stands out nice for viewing, it is interesting to note how it also blends so nicely with the earthy toned environment! : )

  • Thank you Sandy

    – Michael Cummings

  • TxGimGim
    TxGimGimover 4 years ago

    Love these bird shots. Well done.

  • Thanks again TX

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks Rick

    – Michael Cummings

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful bird! Marvellous capture, Michael. Haven’t come across any down this way, neither in the Upper Canada Sanctuary nor Cooper’s Marsh. Great find!

  • I am surprised they are not where you are, they seem to be in the regular areas around my area.

    – Michael Cummings

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Maybe they’re just blending in too well! Plus a lot of the marsh trails at Upper Canada have been made inaccessible – unsafe.

  • I have not actually walked around the Sanctuary, is there anything unusual in the area?

    – Michael Cummings

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Lot of deer, zillions of geese, variety of ducks, the odd heron, nuthatches, chickadees looking for handouts, all the usual marsh, field and woodland flora and fauna. Just a super place to wander around. Many a mile hiked through there. Cooper’s Marsh is down Lancaster way, couple of miles west on #2. Lot of boardwalks through the swamps, but there never seems to be much going on. You can hear plenty of wildlife, but seeing it’s a different story.

  • Gary Fairhead
    Gary Fairheadover 4 years ago

    Very nice light on this bird and nice composition. Very nice!

  • Thanks Gary

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Bradley :-)

    – Michael Cummings

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