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least bitten

Ixobrychus exilis

Description:

A tiny heron, furtive and surpassingly well camouflaged, the Least Bittern is one of the most difficult North American marsh birds to spot. Despite its inconspicuousness, however, the species can be rather common within appropriate habitat in its breeding range.

Habitat:

Freshwater or brackish marshes with tall emergent vegetation

Notes:

When alarmed, the Least Bittern freezes in place with its bill pointing up, turns its front and both eyes toward the source of alarm, and sometimes sways to resemble wind-blown marsh vegetation.

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4 Comments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks Tom15

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks LandmarkExpert.

Tom15
Tom15 7 years ago

Excellent!!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

wonderful shot!

SusanEllison
Spotted by
SusanEllison

Needville, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jun 2, 2013
Submitted on Jun 5, 2013

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