A Rare Sighting


A most post for its rarity!

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Yesterday, several excited birders at the Edwin B Forsythe Wildlife Refuge pointed out a rare bird to me. It was an American Bittern , a type of heron that is well camouflaged and difficult to see, even when you stood close to it. It was a first sighting for me, and I didn’t waste any time taking the following photos.

American Bittern American Bittern

As I walked closer to the bittern, I managed to take this shot as it lunged after something.

American Bittern Lunging After Prey American Bittern Lunging After Prey

However, it didn’t catch what it wanted, and looked somewhat disconsolate, probably blaming the heavens for the missed catch.

American Bittern American Bittern

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