There have been two at one time, in one day, reported seen at this refuge. I was lucky enough to spot ONE. Their natural colors and nature's way of camouflage continues to astound me with this particular species. As you watch the video [recorded while the bird was in the drying reed grasses], the bird's coloring and feather pattern is near identical to the grass swaying in the breeze!!! To underwater creatures, the American Bittern's presence can literally go unnoticed until it's 'too late'! It's also said that with the Bittern's action by stretching its neck upwards [as seen in the adjacent image], their neck becomes just 'another blade of grass'...and scientists surmise in theory this too is a way of defense...the Bittern's protection against its predators.
The video is 3 minutes, luckily when I was recording this there were no other humans around and no one talking...so, you get the hunt of this bird of prey in all its natural glory!!
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