Eye? Aye aye!!!

© Robert G. Stalnaker

Eye?   Aye aye!!!

Robert G. Stalnaker 4/16/2008 10:36:01 PM

f/6.3, 1/800, ISO 640, AWB, evaluative, lens Canon EF 400mm L, handheld, Viera Wetlands, FL, 3/28/08. #902398

Michelle Alton 4/17/2008 2:43:21 AM

Your patience paid off in gold, I think. This is a wonderful image, Robert.
Michelle #5798637

Karen Engelbreth 4/17/2008 10:16:29 PM

LOL - great shot and story, Robert! #5802096

Su Sana E. P 4/19/2008 12:53:29 AM

How beautiful is this? Framing is really wonderful and colors just beautiful here, Robert!! #5806112

Michael Umbreit 4/19/2008 6:41:25 AM

Robert - Neat shot! I bet you were hoping for more but the colors and clarity are outstanding! - Mike #5806809

Crystal J. Fowler 4/19/2008 6:26:13 PM

What amazing colors! This shot really makes you feel like you are there and your description makes it even more vivid! Your patience really paid off! #5808911

Robert G. Stalnaker 4/19/2008 8:49:48 PM

Thank you all for visiting and commenting. This really was a very fun experience. At one point there were four photographers raising their cameras then lowering them, raising then lowering, on and on, . . . it was too funny! We would watch the reeds move showing us where it was without seeing them--actually a pair. Least Bittern are normally solitary, so it is possible they were nesting. Every time one approached the edge where we could possibly shoot it, the cameras were raised, then lowered with groans as it would recede back deeper into the reeds. The Bald Eagle, the Caracara all watching us watch the bittern . . . it was one of those "my stomach hurts from laughing so much" kind of day. The reeds were tall and surrounded the bittern. The sun poked through an opening lighting the bittern as it poked its head out at this moment, giving some nice light/shadow effect and detail on the subject. #5809334

Su Sana E. P 4/20/2008 11:20:03 PM

Robert, I'm so glad to see the EfP on this. Now let's cross fingers and wait to see what happens next, ok? #5813642

Dick Jenkins 4/23/2008 9:22:37 AM

"Patience is a virtue" Robert. The saying goes back to 1377. If you want something badly enough that's what it takes. Nice catch! I don't know that I've ever seen this bird in the wild. How's the sunburn? The 400mm L does a nice job AND you should receive your due praise as well. #5830284

Jennifer Burt 4/24/2008 2:57:11 PM

Wow!!! Incredible picture. The clarity and colors are beautiful. Very well done. #5837186

Candice L. Carter 4/26/2008 3:50:31 PM

Excellent focus! Wonderful color and brillant light! #5845553

BILL BRELSFORD 4/27/2008 7:18:46 AM

VERY COOL SHOT ROBERT #5847708

Stephanie A. Hanson 4/29/2008 12:01:55 PM

Good work! The true test of a birder!!! This shot is perfect in every way. Personality, color, brilliance, lighting and one great story. #5858373

Robert G. Stalnaker 4/29/2008 8:50:45 PM

Thank you all for taking the time to visit and comment.

Stephanie, I want to really thank you for mentioning "personality". As much as I hoped that the least bittern would come out and strut its stuff in full view, it was actually better I was only able to capture this much, because the "personality" of this species is secretive, and they really love to hide, so this image ends up being the "picture perfect fit" for the personality of the species, especially with the eye just barely eeking out into view. It was very nice of you to notice that the iamge ends portraying the secretive nature of this species. THX! #5860254

Hayden Cannon 5/19/2008 5:11:22 AM

Fantastic capture Robert I really like the comp in this it shows how shy this bird really is. Great colors, lighting, comp, pov and details fantastic photo! #5941129

Songbird Cline 5/25/2008 8:19:21 AM

wow, what a lovely surprise to see in the reeds... very nice! #5975114

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Description

Finally, . . . after two hours of waiting, a Least Bittern finally decided to peep out from deep within the reeds, just enough where I could get his eye in the picture. A family from New Jersey waited for about 45 minutes with me but gave up. A perched Bald Eagle waited and watched for about 20 minutes. A Crested Caracara came by and looked on also for a while. A couple from North Carolina was with me to the bittern end, . . . scratch that... bitter end, and we both did our best to get a photo of this secretive bird. Then finally, I walk away with this photo and a suntan for my efforts.

Exif: F Number: 6.3, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 640, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D

Uploaded on 4/16/2008 10:16:06 PM

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Camera: Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR


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