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American Bittern

Botaurus lentiginosus


An American Bittern photographed in its classic "looking like a reed" camouflage pose.


Reedy marshes throughout North America.


Due to their astonishingly effective camouflaging plumage these birds are datedly difficult to locate against the tall grasses of their reed bed habitat. Fortunately for curious naturalists, they are also very loyal to a particular patch of grass so once one discovers one there is a good chance it can be located again on another day.

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Indeed I have; Birkhead's writing about birds is delightful. In fact, not long ago I read - and reviewed for Bird Watcher's Digest - his most recent book "Bird Sense."

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 11 years ago

Nice picture. Have you read The Wisdom of Birds? It's excellent.

Scappoose, Oregon, USA

Spotted on Oct 4, 2011
Submitted on Jul 23, 2012

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