Stealthy little hunter

Least Bittern females and juveniles are mostly pale and soft brown in color (like the Bittern featured here), while males have dark green crown and back feathers (All About Birds). This female Bittern was having quite a productive little fishing expedition one recent morning!

Although we often see obvious size and/or color differences in male versus female birds, at other times, the bird’s sex can difficult or impossible to distinguish – this is known as monomorphism (Word of the Week at High Park Nature Center 😉).

35 thoughts on “Stealthy little hunter

  1. What an different angle the boardwalk provided. It looks like the bittern caught its prey by impaling it on the end of the sharp beak? It must be an interesting maneuver to get it from there to being grasped in the bill!

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