American Bittern makes an appearance!

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 […]

Cattle Egrets at their finest

Cattle Egrets are generally rather non-descript little egrets, but their color transformation at this time of year is astonishing!Most remarkable is the way their plain orange-y beaks turn a striking, deep reddish-orange, with vivid purple lores around their eyes!The Cattle Egret’s breeding plumage also highlights their beautiful peach feathers, and they often appear to be wearing spiked […]