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A bittern hides in the reeds


Recently I went to the RSPB’s Minsmere reserve on the Suffolk coast and spent a few happy hours observing the wide range of birds that were either resident there, or passing visitors.  Those of us who happened to be in the right place at the right time were the envy of the other visitors when we saw (and heard) a bittern.

“A thickset heron with all-over bright, pale, buffy-brown plumage covered with dark streaks and bars. It flies on broad, rounded, bowed wings. A secretive bird, very difficult to see, as it moves silently through reeds at water’s edge, looking for fish. The males make a remarkable far-carrying, booming sound in spring. Its dependence on reedbeds and very small population make it an Amber List species.”  (From the RSPB website)

Oh look! His head is peeping out from the reeds!

We can see a bit more now.

Patience is rewarded as he breaks cover for a short while.

I’m linking this post with Debbie’s Six Word Saturday.


14 thoughts on “A bittern hides in the reeds

  1. Bittern that he should hide than I! 🙂

  2. Fascinating. Have never heard of it before. Must look up our bird book and see if we get them here.

  3. He looks like he’s trying to get a look at you too, Elaine. 🙂 🙂 Happy weekend!

  4. What a great sighting, I’ve never seen or heard a bittern in the flesh.

  5. We were the envy of many people who were visiting the reserve that day!

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