Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

American Bittern, swimming

American Bittern, swimming

I’ve seen one or two other photos of bitterns swimming but this is my first photo of this somewhat odd behavior.  Why the bird didn’t fly to the other side of this narrow canal, I’m not sure.  Possibly it figured flying might alert potential prey on the other side so he figured he would sneak on over.  🙂

Taken at Ridgefield NWR, Feb. 3, 2012, with my Canon 7d, 1/2000, f5.6, ISO640, Canon 400mm f5.6L lens.


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4 Responses to “American Bittern, swimming”

  1. Jen says:

    Yeah, I bet swimming is much quieter.. Very cool shot- awesome colors!

  2. Kim says:

    Beautiful! Love the colors, the reflection, and especially the capture of behavior we don’t usually see from this bird! Nice shot, Papa!

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