American Bittern – Botaurus lentiginosus

Speaking of the Sora at Ollies Pond reminded me of another reclusive marsh dweller. The American Bittern is a bird of the heron family. It is about the size of the Little Green Heron but in a less distinctive plumage.

When frightened, it stands absolutely still with it’s neck extended upward trying to look like the reeds it inhabits. It’s coloration helps a lot in that as you can see. This one was found along Tram Grade in the Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management area near Punta Gorda.


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Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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