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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