What a thrill to get a glimpse of this beautiful, well-fed American Bittern. We were strolling along a boardwalk, when my husband suddenly spotted some movement in the tall marshy grasses . . . and then the Bittern emerged!Known for its solitary and elusive behavior, this ‘stout heron’ can be found in dense freshwater marshes (http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/american-bittern), and – luckily for us – spends the winter months in Florida. The Bittern stayed in full view for an unusually long time. After many minutes, he appeared to be quite aware that I was watching him, looked around suspiciously, and then slowly stalked off again into the marsh.