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American bittern

Botaurus lentiginosus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

Notes:

In the fifth photo, the bird looks to me like it's wearing culottes or jodhpurs! :)

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3 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Belated thanks for your nice comments, Ursulav and John. They do blend in well with their habitat!

john.fermanis.sr
john.fermanis.sr 7 years ago

Nice shots. These guys are hard to see.

ursulav
ursulav 7 years ago

Gorgeous shot!

Maria dB
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Maria dB

North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jan 20, 2014
Submitted on Jan 29, 2014

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