American Bittern in Flight - Ottawa, Ontario by Michael Cummings

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“It is a large, chunky, brown bird, very similar to the Eurasian Great Bittern, Botaurus stellaris. It is 59–70 cm (23-27 inches) in length, with a 95–115 cm (37 – 45 inch) wingspan.

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 640
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 MM
WB Shade


  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture Michael, great light and details.

  • Thank you very much Lynne

    – Michael Cummings

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture!! I know the name but I’ve never seen this bird before. Great clarity :o)

  • Thank you Zoe

    – Michael Cummings

  • HippieVan-57
    HippieVan-57over 4 years ago

    awesome catch!

  • Thanks Hippie

    – Michael Cummings

  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago
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  • Thank you Tammie

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bikertazza
    Bikertazzaover 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot Michael!

  • Thank you very much

    – Michael Cummings

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Karen :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 4 years ago

    Woooow how brilliant!! The detail visible in those claws is just magnificent. You are such a pro Michael

  • Thank you Sandra :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Jim Cumming
    Jim Cummingover 4 years ago

    Excellent BIF Mike…

  • Thanks Jim

    – Michael Cummings

  • David M Scott
    David M Scottover 4 years ago

    Michael, the beauty of flight so helplessly attempted by humans will never display the grace pictured here.
    David Mineral Artist natures use of Earth

  • Thank you very much David :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Simply amazing, Michael. What a marvellous capture!

  • Thank you Michael

    – Michael Cummings

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