American Bittern makes an appearance!

IMG_0428What 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!IMG_0426Known for its solitary and elusive behavior, this ‘stout heron’ can be found in dense freshwater marshes (, and – luckily for us – spends the winter months in Florida. IMG_0455The 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. IMG_0459


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