Archive for March 28th, 2009



Least Bittern: Viera Wetlands, FL

Least Bittern: Viera Wetlands, FL

For the Bittern fans out there, and while we are on Florida Bitterns. The American Bittern from yesterday was a gift. This Least was a stake out. People had been seeing this bird in this clump of reeds at Viera Wetlands for close to 2 mouths when I got there, and it was easy to find. Just drive up behind the 7 or 8 cars already stopped and ask where it was. It did take me several visits to the spot over the course of a morning to get a semi-acceptable view, as the bittern was not exactly posing for photo-opps. Eventually though I was able to get a line on her long enough to get a few decent shots.

Sony DSC N1 behind the eyepiece of the Zeiss Diascope 85FL spotting scope at a total equivalent focal length of 2300mm. F5.0 @ 1/100 @ ISO 64 (F-stop limited by the scope). Programed Auto with selective spot focus.

Minimal adjustments in Lightroom for Presence and sharpness (some Fill Light used to open shadows).

From Space Coast Birding.