Yesterday, while counting shorebirds at St Marks NWR I noticed one walking along the edge of a reedy channel. Never one to waste a photo opportunity, I crept towards him and raised my camera. The bittern, now aware of my presence, froze and began to mimic the swaying reeds, which it was amongst, by moving from side to side. It was an awesome experience watching this beautiful bird trying to conceal itself. After getting a couple of pictures I backed away and the bittern went back to business, searching for a tasty frog or fish along the channel.
|by assuming this erect posture and swaying from side to side the American Bittern fools would be predators like Bobcats into thinking it's a reed stalk blowing in the wind.|
|seconds after I took this bittern shot at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary it grabbed a frog! It happened so quick I missed getting a picture!|