Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Posts Tagged ‘american bittern’

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on August 31, 2016

“Soon, I’ll be able to fly!”

I haven’t been up to the Ridgefield NWR since some new fledgling American Bitterns have been spotted this year.  So here’s a shot of an immature Bittern from two years ago, Sep. 2, 2014. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 640, 500mm, 1:34 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on February 12, 2016

Fly or Swim?

While at the Ridgefield NWR, Feb. 7, 2016, several folks were watching this American Bittern at the far side of the slough which runs next to the road we were parked on.  At first I thought the bird would be in typical hunting mode but all of a sudden it stepped into the water a ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on December 31, 2015

A flower among flowers

With its little tufts of crown hair and the coloring on the face and bill, this immature American Bittern blends in with the blossoms in the long grass at the Ridgefield NWR, Sep. 2, 2014. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4.5, ISO 640, 500mm, 11:37 a.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on December 27, 2015

“I got one!”

A look back to Sep. 2, 2014 at Ridgefield NWR where an immature American Bittern catches a tadpole/frog with a back light.  The young bird is out in the open in a puddle of water probably not realizing how vulnerable it might be to large raptors.  None of that hunting near tall ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on December 26, 2015

“You mean I have to catch my own food?” ...

A look back in my archives uncovered this cute immature American Bittern, taken Sep. 2, 2014, at the Ridgefield NWR.  2014 was the year we had a good look at a family of bitterns with two offspring if I recall correctly. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f5, ISO 500, 500mm, 1:19 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on October 12, 2015

The eye says it all

Here’s a September 26, 2015, close up of an American Bittern, taken at the Ridgefield NWR. 7D Mark II, 1/1000, f8, ISO 800, 1000mm (500 + 2x), 9:56 a.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on September 28, 2015

Catch Me If You Can!

For the last few weeks I’ve been having fairly good luck catching some flight shots by just standing by my truck parked on the refuge road between two marshy areas.  Herons, Bitterns, ducks, and Harriers are just some of the shots I’ve gotten at this location.  Befo ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on August 29, 2015

And the bittern flies

About 4 minutes before I photographed the Blue Heron with the outstretched neck (posted a few days ago), I had a quick opportunity to catch this American Bittern in flight as it flew from one side of the road to the other.  When these birds fly, many times it is only for short & ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on August 23, 2015

Bittern Portrait

An American Bittern posing in the grass for me, Aug. 20, 2015, at the Ridgefield NWR. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600, f7.1, ISO 640, 500mm, 1:39 p.m. Please find a video of this bird catching prey about 5 minutes after I took this shot.  For best view, set on 1080p and full screen. Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on August 20, 2015

Lethal Jungle Hunter

I found a spot at the Ridgefield NWR today, Aug. 20, 2015, where I saw at least 3 American Bitterns, at least a couple of which were juveniles.  They were in their familiar grassy habitat with shallow, muddy water.  The one pictured caught at least 4 tadpoles in less than 30 mi ... Continue Reading