When I first spotted this elusive bird, he was deep in the shadows with his back turned to me, and I wasn’t even sure yet that he was an American Bittern. It soon became obvious when he emerged into a clearing and set about hunting in earnest – right out in the open.
“Bitterns are stealth predators and typically stand motionless as they wait for prey to approach, or stalk it with barely perceptible motions” (All About Birds/American Bittern). This guy did a great demo of stealthy foraging, very slowly moving past me.🤫
I don’t think he ever saw me watching – what a treat!