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Least Bittern stretching its neck by Pierre Williot

October 2019 - Least Bittern stretching its neck

About the Image(s)

Equipment: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9, Olympus M. Zuiko 300 mm f/4 with 1.4X teleconverter, Hand Held

Setup: ISO 320, 420 mm (full frame equivalent 840 mm), f/6.3, 1/800 sec

This is another picture of a Least Bittern. This time this is an adult female that was very attentive to a call from the juvenile least bittern from last month.

10 comments posted

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The Bittern is shown in its environment, but unfortunately, it doesn't stand out for me. The reeds lower left could be toned down to reduce its brightness.   Posted: 10/06/2019 12:00:57
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Mervyn,
Thanks for your comment. I agree with you but as I was modifying the relative brightnesses I was wondering if I should. I left it here as it was. These birds can be extremely difficult to spot and to get good photographies. I knew that there were around for the last 4 years, heard of birders seeing them on a regular basis, heard them, and saw them quickly moving from one area to another and then essentially disappearing in the reeds.
The reason I did not burn/dodge, etc... was partly to show how easily they can hide in their environment. I am probably a little too purist!   Posted: 10/06/2019 12:24:50

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
It is difficult to get birds in their natural surrounds and you have done it well Pierre, I would probably have cropped the left hand side of the picture a little.   Posted: 10/06/2019 17:30:01
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Pierre   Posted: 10/06/2019 18:36:18

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I agree with Geoffrey -- cropping from the left might help a bit to focus on the main subject. And adding a bit of vignette too.   Posted: 10/06/2019 18:34:58
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks Dean.
PW   Posted: 10/06/2019 18:36:46

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I agree this would make a good vertical with the left cropped. It does seem a bit bright. I do like her animated look and bravo for catching a difficult bird in a difficult environment!   Posted: 10/08/2019 19:37:12
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks Brenda. Probably a little too bright overall, especially on the bottom left.   Posted: 10/08/2019 19:41:03

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Good capture Pierre, nice and sharp. And the colors are true. Least bitterns are very secretive, usually, and it is a plus when they come into the open. To bring the bird out in this image a few edits would probably help to improve the image. I used the Camera Raw Filter, burn and dodge and crop. And CRF to add vignette. See if you see any improvement.   Posted: 10/12/2019 14:09:33
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Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Nice. Thanks   Posted: 10/12/2019 16:42:51


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