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Rare American Bittern catches newt in The Journal's Picture of the Week

PUBLISHED: 12:52 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:54 01 May 2018

This shot of a rare American Bittern at Carlton Marches has won The Journal's Picture of the Week. Photo: Andrew Easton.

This shot of a rare American Bittern at Carlton Marches has won The Journal's Picture of the Week. Photo: Andrew Easton.

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This brilliant photograph depicting a rare American Bittern mid-hunt at Carlton Marshes was taken by 53-year-old Andrew Easton.

Mr Easton used his Nokia Lumia 920 with a telescope adaptor to capture the moment.

He said: “This rare American Bittern had mostly been seen only in flight.

“Occasionally it was seen on the ground but usually only briefly as it walked in to cover and not usually very close up.

“There were only ten of us there that evening and we were all amazed at how well it was showing as up until a couple of days previously it had been very secretive.”

He added: “I particularly like this image as it reveals the intricate patterning of the feathers of the whole bird as it is standing still fully in the open.

“Most of the time it was creeping through reeds or grass along the ditch with much of the bird concealed and it was difficult to see how varied the patterning really was.”

As our winner, Mr Easton receives a 10in x 8in framed version of his photo from Picture Studios, of London Road North, in Lowestoft town centre. Entries can be of any subject but they must be digital images.

To enter our competition, email your pictures to lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk

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