Sunday, 31 October 2010


So finally got to see the "American Bittern" this morning after waiting around for 2 1/2 hours, Mark and I got to Trewey Common near Zennor just around 06.45am and there were already around 200 people there. I guess some must have been there half the night, anyway the weather was overcast but dry with a chill South South Easterly breeze,so after the wait some cattle moved into the area where the pool was located and flushed the bird I can say the humans were very well behaved.

I did manage to get a few very poor flight shots , due to the dull weather I had to use a very High ISO which produced very noisy images, also the bird was flying away from the crowd which did not help. So below are the best of a bad bunch and if it hangs around for a while will revisit and try for some better ones.

So my thoughts on the morning, This was a great lifer and a fabulous Birthday Present.

When you gotta go you gotta go.

In the last image you can make out the dark wing tips which is an identifying feature for this species.


  1. Well done with the images and also having the staying power to go back and capture these photos.Happy Birthday.

  2. I think your shots show how much you love the nature.
    Happy Birthday! :)

  3. I admire your patience. I really like the last picture, he seems to be crusing along!
    ♪♫ Happy Birthday, to you! ♫♪
    ☼ Sunny

  4. Happy Birthday Monty,what a nice present.
    Great images of a very difficult bird,lovely captures.
    Cya soon Mate.
    John and Sue.

  5. Happy birthday Monty, glad it was worth the wait.

  6. Well done Monty! Persistence paid off :)

    Wishing you a Very Happy Birthday!

  7. Happy Birthday Monty and well done

  8. Nice birthday present Monts. Well done.

  9. Happy birthday monty, and congrats on the lifer.