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Least Bitterns are a small secretive marsh bird averaging 11 - 14 inches (28-36cm) in length with a wingspan of 16 - 18 inches (41-46cm). The crown, back, and tail are a vivid greenish black, while the neck, sides, and underparts are streaked with brown and white. Characters include chestnut wings with contrasting pale patches and white lines bordering the shoulders. Because of the secretive nature and dense cover used by Least bitterns they are often easier to identify by their low dove-like call. Seldom Seen, especially at close range. This is a juvenile bird and is approx. 6 inches in size.
Found in a normally very wet, wetland, near farm fields. Wetland at present time, is drying up more and more, as we have had a lack of rainfall for quite some time.
I have spent 4 days and nearly 20 hours watching and studying this bird. It is a juvenile and is approx 6 inches in size. It hunts for fish remarkably well considering its very young age. I have seen one other least Bittern in the area, and it was a larger male. It was quite a distance away, and I have yet to get a photo of him.
Spotted on Jul 14, 2012
Submitted on Jul 18, 2012
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