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Nope! Ain't Nobody Here But Us Sticks! (American Bittern _Botaurus lentiginosus_ )

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Comments (10)

Panamon-Creel on April 24, 2009

LOL did the Bittern do its "toilet unplug" call?

Bits-n-Pieces on April 24, 2009

Hi Panamon - unfortunately, no:( maybe it was just too early in the afternoon, but I'm rather kicking myself for not thinking of sticking around the area to see if I could hear him. But I suppose that just seeing the bird was reward enough.

And maybe you'd know: in checking the tag 'american bittern' to see if there were any others, there was just one, that's pretty clearly not one - but the photographer admits he doesn't know what it is, and I don't see it in any books. It's a beauty, though. Any idea?

Panamon-Creel on April 25, 2009

Too bad you didn't hear the American Bittern Call, it's a sound you'll remember for life :). Over at Picasaweb I took a series of picture of an American Bittern calling, view the Slideshow in 1 second intervals or flip quickly through the pics

Panamon-Creel on April 25, 2009

Oh and the other bird is a Green Heron, I posted a reply there in that regard.

Bits-n-Pieces on April 25, 2009

Thanks Panamon - what a great series of shots! It looks painful!!! Amazing that he just stayed put for them all. This one was really in feeding mode, and kept moving.

Bits-n-Pieces on April 28, 2009

Thanks Bruce! It was pure pure luck to see him - actually pointed out to me by someone who didn't have a clue what it was. And after seeing him, losing sight of him, then finding him again right in front of us, after looking for a while, it's REALLY easy to understand why they're so rarely seen. Who knows - I've started to wonder if perhaps there are hundreds in every swamp, but that they're impossible to see when they've got their cloaking devices set to high. It was amazing how they camouflage themselves. And I'M envious of seeing the green heron!

Bits-n-Pieces on May 2, 2009

Thanks Bruce - but all wetlands are pretty - no matter how ugly. Nothin' like a real good swamp! I spent the day standing in a little one - so amazing all the different forms of life in such a small area. And that was just with a few of each species. It would be great to see thousands like you can.

Thanks steve! It is a shame that the habitats are being destroyed. We do have wetlands protection laws here now - at least no more wholesale filling of swamps. But they still get frittered away. These wetlands and lake in my town are part of the public water supply, so are rather protected, and the wildlife there is pretty surprising. So things can come back.

Inspector H snaps on May 4, 2009

Wow, what good eyes you have BnP. What a nice bird. We have bitterns, and this looks just like the Australasian Bittern (b.poiciloptilus) Ha ha no Dianne, I didn't actually know this , I just checked in yet another bird book from the library. Cheers Bits from Melbourne

Inspector H snaps on May 4, 2009

My cat sent that as she jumped across the keys and onto the hard drive!!

stoneboat on May 4, 2009

Hi Bitsy! I love your bittern, I've never seen one.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 24, 2009
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2009/04/20 14:00:17
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 170.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash