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Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) and Green Heron in Viera Florida
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Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) and Green Heron in Viera Florida
This is one of the smallest herons in the world, with perhaps only the Dwarf Bittern and the Black-backed Bittern averaging smaller in length. This Least Bittern is often an elusive bird. They spend much time straddling reeds. When alarmed, the Least Bittern freezes in place with its bill pointing up, turns its front and both eyes toward the source of alarm, and sometimes sways to resemble wind-blown marsh vegetation. The bolder Heron to the right is a typical Green Heron, still secretive though.
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Captured: Jan 27, 2013
Uploaded: Jan 28, 2013 (UTC)
Focal length: 200 mm
Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 400
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