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 ‘hops,’ so one needs to act quickly to get them in flight.  I was fortunate this bird gave me a nice opportunity on Aug. 26, 2015, at Ridgefield, Wa.  This is another large heron-like bird that flies with its neck compressed.  I wouldn’t have gotten this shot if I had stayed in my vehicle.  Luckily, I had chosen to stand outside the truck for a period of time on this sunny day, giving me much greater range of motion capability shooting flight images.

BEST VIEWED LARGE!

Canon 7D Mark II, 1/2000, f4, ISO 320, 500mm, 8:51 a.m.

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 ‘hops,’ so one needs to act quickly to get them in flight.  I was fortunate this bird gave me a nice opportunity on Aug. 26, 2015, at Ridgefield, Wa.  This is another large heron-like bird that flies with its neck compressed.  I wouldn’t have gotten this shot if I had stayed in my vehicle.  Luckily, I had chosen to stand outside the truck for a period of time on this sunny day, giving me much greater range of motion capability shooting flight images.

BEST VIEWED LARGE!

Canon 7D Mark II, 1/2000, f4, ISO 320, 500mm, 8:51 a.m.

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