American Bittern in the Reeds

American Bittern in the Reeds

Revisiting Florida, and the Viera Wetlands, for a digiscoped shot of an American Bittern. A difficult bird to photograph. Digiscoping is mostly about being in the right place at the right time. Right bird. Right light. Success is directly related to the amount of time spent in the field.

Of course you hone your skills…but again that is accomplished by spending a lot of time in the field doing it. Of course you learn your equipment, and you have assembled a kit that works for you. Once more, that happens through trial and error (lots of error), over a lot of time in the field.

So, being ready when that perfect bird happens is important, but being there in the first place is critical.

This bittern was the right bird in the right light. How could I miss?

Sony DSC N1 behind the eyepiece of the Zeiss Diascope 85FL. Manfrotto 190 carbon fiber legs and a 701RC2 video head. Zeiss Digital Camera Adapter. Camera on Programed Auto, spot metering. F5.0 @ 1/100th @ ISO 100.

Only the most basic processing for Presence and sharpness in Lightroom.

From Space Coast Birding.

Bonas shot:


American Bittern

American Bittern

1 Response to “3/27/2009”

  1. 03/27/2009 at 6:18 am

    Awesome photo Steve!

    The last American Bittern I have seen was last summer at Granite Point near Biddeford Pool.

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