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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Mar 01 1:33 pm 
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Congrats Bridget on spotting the Bittern.
Stunning shots Alwyn, glad I could be of help. I did not see the Bittern in its usual spot yesterday but something else was taking its place that went for a long walk and swim;
ImageNorth American Beaver by Cory, on Flickr

I was so hoping for a Beaver and Bittern shot together but of all the days for the Bittern not to be there..............................


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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Mar 01 3:27 pm 
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Oh wow Cory: I have been walking past the beaver lodge next to Quilchena golf course quite a few times recently in the hope of seeing a beaver but no luck! Whereabouts did you spot this one: sounds like the same place where the Bittern was? EXIF shows that it was just before 5pm: is that about right? Love the shot with the beaver so clearly out in the open!

And thanks for the compliment: appreciate it!

Alwyn


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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Mar 01 5:50 pm 
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Slabs wrote:
birdergirl wrote:
Mike Fung got some nice shots today of the Bittern and a Mink.

PS Congrats to Bridget on finally getting her lifer AMBI today!! 8)

Cheers,
Mel
Love the Bittern but it is particularly nice to see the mink. My sister and I saw one a few times last year around the boardwalk at the pond: very pretty.

Even though I saw Bitterns quite regularly at the foot of Francis Rd over the past couple months, I always found them rather tricky to photograph there. So I headed to Terry Nova yesterday to see if I could find one there. And was very fortunate!

Cory was already there when I got there and had a Bittern lined up in a very nice spot: thanks Cory! Always nice to get some bright, downsun photographs at relatively close range with the bird in the open. Come to think of it: how often does THAT happen... Oh well, makes us appreciate it more when it DOES happen!

Some images:

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And I had never before noticed the blue mark on the neck! Nature can be very, very beautiful indeed.

Alwyn


Great shots Alwyn

I agree they have beautiful plumage. Have you ever seen them in breeding plumage when they get those white feathers on the back? See here:

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eYzNbjbq5gE/ ... 00/001.jpg

Also I love the sounds they make in breeding season listen here if you haven't heard it (scroll all the way down - right hand corner):

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird ... an-bittern

Cory cute shot of the Beaver, we saw him last time we were at Terra Nova. There are 2 at Iona as you know unfortunately they are doing quite a bit of damage.

Cheers,
Mel

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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Mar 01 6:43 pm 
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Good heavens Mel, the breeding plumage is incredible! I really had no idea.

And thanks for the comment on the photographs. I think this thread sums up my birding and photography admirably. While I am sort of OK-ish on the photography side, my birding is very much like my wine drinking. In both cases I have done it casually for years and years, in both cases am totally amateurish and I really have not touched on the technical side of things of either... and I am OK with that. I greatly enjoy the simple pleasure I get out of both!

So I have come to accept that I will often mis-ID birds (my apologies) and I have no clue as to how describe the wines I like. I like simple.....

From a very contented Alwyn


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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Mar 01 11:27 pm 
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Hi Alwyn,
the beaver was first seen north of the bridge, very close to the last area that the Bittern was seen. It travelled beyond Westminster Hwy toward Quilchena where I bid it adieu. The EXIF data is off by one hour, the shot was at 2:15.
Next time we bump into each other we can discuss birds and wine, two of my favourite subjects.


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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Mar 02 10:07 pm 
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From hunter to hunted.
The Bittern was focused on its next snack when it sensed a Bald Eagle flying nearby. It quickly disappeared into the reeds.
Imagefocus by Cory, on Flickr
Imageon alert by Cory, on Flickr
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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Mar 02 11:49 pm 
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It's amazing how quickly they can dissapear and fade away into the background.

Cheers,
Mel

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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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An American Bittern was present at Burnaby Lake Park this morning, near the west end of the lake, where Still Creek widens to become Burnaby Lake.


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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Mar 04 6:33 pm 
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I had the AMBI in the pond by the playground area this afternoon.

Viktor


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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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Joe great to hear about the burnaby lake Bittern and congrats Viktor on getting the Richmond Bittern.

Mel

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