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Reader Submitted Photos: American Bittern & a Bitterly Cold, but Brave and Dedicated Birder

I love when you share your photos with me!

This photo came from Dawn McHugh, an American Bittern:

“I am a big fan of the Nisqually Delta and headed up there with my husband after church today.  It was so beautiful and I just got a new Nikon camera for Christmas … I was about 6-8 feet from the bird.  Also saw a ton of eagles although most were far from where you can walk.  Great day!  Great place!” ~Dawn McHugh

I have to admit it, I’m jealous of her skills with her new camera!! I was there the same day and look what I came away with …

Lighting makes all the difference in photos like these.  The bird had scooted over into the shadows while I was there. Birding photos is all about right place, right time.

And now, here’s our brave and dedicated birder, Phil Daniels.

“Hubby Phil is over his knees in snow, but keeping the birds fed! The yardstick said 23″ of snow this morning, … ” ~Beckie Daniels, Burnt Ridge

If you have a photo or two that you wouldn’t mind sharing with Chronicle readers of your own Outdoors escapades (birding, hunting, skiing, hiking, berry picking, fishing, whatever!), I’d love to post them on my blog. Email them to me at kim@almostdailynews.com.

And, please, try and keep the file size down to a minimum if you can (if you can’t, don’t worry about it, send them anyway!). I only have dial-up internet and my email inbox gets cranky when people try to load over-sized packages into it. I post photographs at a maximum of 640 pixels wide and averaging 100kb in size.

About Kimberly Mason

Kimberly Mason is a freelance writer, photojournalist, and web designer. When she's not out chasing a story, you'll find her at work in one her three main offices — her big backyard, the Cowlitz River, or the recliner in her living room. She has four grown children, three grandchildren, and is owned by a Labrador retriever, Buddy the WonderDog.

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