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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.
Set of 5 fishings photos, taken seconds apart. I have spotted this bird for 4 consecutive evenings. I have spent over a dozen hours watching and studying his habits. The first night I saw him for about 30 minutes, before dark. The last few evenings I have sat on the bank of a normally very wet wetland ( we are in drought here ) and watched it, along with several Sora, some Green Heron, a pair of Sandhill Crane, with a colt, Muskrats, Mallards, Great Blue Heron, Red Tail Hawks, Red Winged Blackbirds, a small wren. and an assortment of other small birds.