Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Stealthy American Bittern

There were two Am. Bitterns (Botaurus lentiginosus) in a small marsh beside a road I travelled this flew farther into the marsh, the other hid among the cat-tails.

I waited, patiently.....

 I had no idea bitterns had such long, deadly-looking talons

 Bitterns eat amphibians, crayfish and fish

This one steadily kept on walking; no hunting while I was around. 

Click on pix for larger & clearer, if you want to.


  1. Those are huge talons, I would hate to be a small amphibian. Great photos.

  2. Wow. That first picture looks exactly the way I saw my first ever bittern last spring. I wasn't even looking for anything in particular just starring at a spot in the marsh. Now thats an odd shaped cattail, I thought. There it was....
    Your closeups are fantastic.

  3. Thanks, both prairiebirder & troutbirder. Bitterns are so neat - I love it when I find one posing and trying to fit right into the cattails. "Can't see me!"