Yellow Bittern Singapore

Yellow Bittern thrashing a common tilapia the moment it caught it off from the water. I took 5 continuous days going back to the same spot just to achieve what i wanted in my mind for this particular yellow bittern.This was the closest to what I wanted.
Having an unobstructed view of this bird was a challenge, as shooting in between the thousands of lotus plants was tough, had to find the sweetest spot and angle.

Lighting was actually the greatest challenge to me and I had to shoot in the favour of the sunlight’s intensity and direction.
As I was using a lower end DSLR body, I did not want to push the ISO beyond 500 fearing of image quality deterioration, whilst maintaing a properly exposed photograph at shutter speeds of at least 1/2000th of a second (With the widest aperture I could go).
In fact I was hoping for constant sunlight throughout the 5days. Without it, I would not be able to freeze the water droplets in the photo.Finding this Yellow Bittern between the thousands of Lotuses was also time consuming as it blended very well with the surrounding brownish environment.Finally happy with this photo of the yellow bittern!I’m honoured to have my photo featured in Sigma’s Website here:
I am also proud to share with you that this photograph also won me the Finalist Award (Professional Category) of One Eyeland Photography Competition 2013 in Nature-Wildlife Category. A total of 17 Golds, 83 Silvers, 200 Bronzes and 282 Finalists were awarded internationally. A digital copy is attached below for viewing.

Photographed with Nikon D90, Sigma 300-800mm EX DG HSM (Sigmonster), Gitzo 2330 @

800mm(35mm equivalent 1200mm), ISO 500, 1/3200th sec, F5.6, Spot Metering.

Subject distance: 14.125 meters

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