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PIC OF THE WEEK: 01/06/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

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Least Bittern

(Ixobrychus exilis)

Where: 13026 Jog Rd, Delray Beach, FL • Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Notes: A little habitat goes a long way. On a recent trip to Florida we explored the relatively small, fifty acre, Wakodahatchee Wetlands for the first time. It had been recommended by several friends as a great location for bird photography, and it did not disappoint. We arrived in the late afternoon to scout the property; it was an easy decision to spend most of the next day there. The three quarter mile boardwalk passes through open ponds, emerging marsh grasslands and shallow pools with lots of tropical vegetation. The suburban complex is part of the Delray Beach water reclamation system and is a popular local park for both humans and birds. Several mangrove islands were already busy with mixed nesting colonies of Great Blue Herons, Anhingas and Cormorants. In the evening hundreds of White Ibises would join the calamity to roost for the night. The Least Bittern is a very elusive species that normally stays deep in the foliage of tall aquatic plants. It typically lurks in the shadows of dense marsh plants, occasionally peeking out to grab a small fish from the water's edge. So it was a real treat to see ALL of this small foot long heron out in the open as it crept around the outer stalks of this clump of vegetation.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 600mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-1010

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/125 second • Aperture = f-5.0 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 600 mm • ISO = 640 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~20 Feet • Date Shot: 12-24-13

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