Another Bittern

Friends, this is how i most often see the American bittern, stalking thru the ponds hunting for food, the black stripe from the corner of his mouth and extending down his neck is a distinguishing characteristic of this stocky heron.  He looks stocky in this image, but when alarmed or when hunting, he stretches his neck vertically and with the striping on his neck, he thinks that he blends in with the vertical sedges and cattails in the marsh. In the image below you can see the striping on his neck. til Tomorrow MJ

About mjspringett

Nature Photographer, searching for questions and answers

Posted on August 18, 2012, in Birds, Crex Meadows, Nature, photography and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. wonderful photos mj, and the explanation …they are such strangely angled birds but it has been successful through evolution to look like a reed or a jutting piece of timber … and that stripe helps …thank you!

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