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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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05 March, 2015

Bittern: booming marvellous | Nature Notes from Dorset

When I got home after taking this photograph I thought it was rubbish and was just about to delete it when it occurred to me that this is actually as good a view as you are likely to get of a bittern (Botaurus stellaris) unless you are a professional who is prepared to go to extreme lengths to get a photograph. I like to show people nature as they are likely to see it and, as I said above, if you are lucky enough to see one then this is the sort of view you probably have!
The bittern is a very shy and secretive bird that lives in dense reed beds; its striped brown plumage makes it totally camouflaged in this favoured environment.

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