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This bird is usually well-hidden in bogs, marshes and wet meadows. Usually solitary, it walks stealthily among cattails or bulrushes. If it senses that it has been seen, the bittern becomes motionless, with its bill pointed upward, causing it to blend into the reeds. It is most active at dusk. More often heard than seen, this bittern has a call that resembles a congested pump.
Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
In the fifth photo, the bird looks to me like it's wearing culottes or jodhpurs! :)
Spotted on Jan 20, 2014
Submitted on Jan 29, 2014
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