Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bittern

One of my more unusual photos of a Bittern, taken last year. Usually solitary, the Great Bittern forages in reedbeds, which is where this one was photographed, walking stealthily or remaining still above a body of water where prey may occur. If it senses that it has been seen, it points its bill directly upwards and becomes motionless so that its cryptic plumage causes it to blend into the surrounding reeds: an action known as bitterning. It is most active at dawn and dusk.

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