American Bittern Portrait by Bill McMullen

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This is one of those unforgetable wildlife encounters. Normally, Bitterns are very skittish and blend in so well with their surroundings. That all changed one April morning when I was going for a walk along an atv trail near a marshy area. I saw a large bird backlit further up the path. I managed to loop around it to see it in decent light and to my surprise it was a Bittern and began to walk toward me…Photographed in Clarence-Rockland, Ontario, Canada. Canon EOS 7D ,Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM ,1/800s, f/5.6, iso400.

Spending time in the outdoors has always been a passion of mine. Most of my subject matter is avian but I will readily spend hours photographing almost anything else in the natural world. Currently I live near a small town, Rockland, just east of Ottawa. I work in Ottawa and so most of my photography is done in eastern Ontario. Thank you for dropping by and enjoy.

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  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsover 4 years ago

    excellent shot Bill, you need to look into some groups to post it so others will see it

  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenover 4 years ago

    Thanks, Michael – will do.

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful, I have never seen one with the white feathers very nice !!

  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenover 4 years ago

    Thanks, Karen. The white feathers are part of its mating plumage and made spotting it much easier!

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Kylie. Great looking page :)

    – Bill McMullen

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 4 years ago

    absolutely beautiful! congratulations! you should put that picture in that group…

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture. Well deserving this feature and many more.

  • Gary Fairhead
    Gary Fairheadover 4 years ago

    A Super shot of this great species Bill. Congratulations on the feature and welcome to RB :-)

  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenover 4 years ago

    Thanks very much, Kylie, eyelife, Bunny Clarke and Gary.

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous photo. Stunning. Brenda

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