Rainy Bittern

August 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

It's been a lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon. It reminded me of photographing this Least Bittern last year. One of the best times to see these elusive birds is immediately after a rain shower. They skulk out of the reeds and show themselves as they hunt small fish. One of their strategies for remaining unseen is to elongate the neck and point the head straight up, mimicking a reed. However, this can be difficult when straddling two bulrushes, like this one was. So my little bittern chose to freeze, and remained motionless while I snapped a few photos. I always smile when I see this picture. You can check out the full size version in the Audubon Room!

 

 


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