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Thursday, September 16, 2010

What the Heck is a Bittern???

If you didn't read my last blogpost
on the Sandhill Crane Migration,
please drop down to the bottom
of this one,
and click on "older posts" on the right hand corner
and read that first.

We went on a trip out to the Sturgeon River Sloughs
and watched over a hundred Sandhill Cranes migrate in...
it was wonderous!

While waiting for the Sandhill Cranes to fly in,
a guide spotted a bird.

He said it was rare in our area
and wanted us to see it.

It was WAY across the field in a pond, so I didn't get
great photos of it.

But I wanted you to see one,
in case you didn't ever see one before.

A Bittern!

A Bittern is a heron-like bird.
Read about it HERE.
(You can even click on the sound this bird makes on the link, which is very unusual.)


So, now that you saw a good photo of one
at the All About Birds site (by clicking on the link),
here is my
not-so-clear-but-I-was-glad-to-try-to-photo-one
attempt:






There brown, tan and white stripes makes them blend in with
their environment so they are not easy to spot...especially across a pond
on a cloudy day!:








The sun came out a few times, and when it did,
it's feathers looked redder and it was easier to spot:



I am so happy to be able to share
it with you....
my blogger friends...
because like the theme
for the Enquirer goes:
I knew:
"inquiring minds want to know!!

12 comments:

Brian Miller said...

smiles. nice bitern and now i feel slightly more educated as i did not know what one was...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I've heard of a Bittern before--but have never seen one. Glad you got to see it. Thanks for the education, Joan..
Hugs,
Betsy

Jean said...

American Bitterns winter in my area but I have yet to see one.
I clicked on the photos to get a closer look. What a cool sighting!

rainfield61 said...

You are a birder!!

Eva Gallant said...

Wow...you did well to spot that bittern. He does blend into the surroundings. I had to really look hard in some cases to even see him!

Loree said...

Interesting - I had never heard of a bittern.

Linda Reeder said...

I did know waht a bittern is, but have never seen one in the wild. Cool!

Berit's fotoblogg. said...

Beautiful pictures:)
Have a nice day, and thank for nice comment in my blog:)

Berit.

A New England Life said...

I've done a lot of bird watching but I'm not sure I've ever seen a Bittern. Good for you Joan! Too bad he wouldn't get a little closer. Darned birds can be so elusive ; )

Ryan said...

Great spot, don't play down your photography skills you've done really well. If the sun hadn't came out then I doubt if I would have spotted it at all.

ruma said...

He is very lovely.

It is very large Nature...

ruma

L. D. Burgus said...

You learn something new every once in a while. I never have heard of that name before.

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