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American Bittern | by Kelly Colgan Azar
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American Bittern

www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Bittern/id

 

Awesome camouflage on this bird. When I shot it, I was thinking it was a bird like smoke. I could hardly see it as it moved - and I was looking straight at it - and auto focus wouldn't work. (I've drained some of the contrast and color from the background so the bird can better be seen.)

About the setting: the bird was crossing a 6', submerged path between two swampy, reedy ponds and a narrow brush barrier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taken on April 7, 2011