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All American ...

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!!


Click on Thumbnail to open in YouTube

If that doesn't work, above, here is the url:
https://youtu.be/zWFNsw3okp0

32 comments :

  1. We saw one of these out at the strip pits a couple of times a few years ago. I have watched and watched since, and never saw another. But they do blend in so well, we were lucky to spot them the first time.

    The video doesn't work for me...it says it is unavailable. Maybe because I am on a chromebook, but I would not think that matters.

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    1. Oh man....sorry it's not working for you. I've made sure just now that the video is "public" when uploaded and then published. Hmmmm. I'll go add the url to the post, maybe that will help you and others. Dunno.

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    1. Thanks Lois!!

      Now, for some reason, I have a hankering for chili!! :-)

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  3. I like the stretch the neck like it is elastic and the gotcha! part. also the swinging butt part. it sure can hide when it is still. video popped me right to youtube.. that took lots of patience to record it.

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    1. I really like how it 'wiggles'...and if you're near enough and in the same kinda environment, it DOES look so much like reed blowing in the wind!

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  4. WOW he is almost invisible! Good catch. Perhaps you could do a horizontal format sometime when capturing another action that is so breathtaking! It might show more of the surrounding area for a different perspective. I'm always looking for more - more - more!

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    1. Well, doing it in either direction with a cellphone recording wouldn't make much difference. This WAS 'filmed' with a phone.

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  5. Amazing camouflage tactics, Anni!

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    1. Indeed, they are one of the 'most camouflaged' birds I've seen out and about my area.

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  6. A BITTERN!! I am impressed and astonished!! I have never seen one, but I have read plenty about them. So I was very excited to see your video!! I am amazed how much he blends in! How on earth did you even see him? I have always wanted to see one, this may be your crowning achievement! Oh my, he walks so slowly (so as not to attract attention). And his body kind of wiggles. Fascinating!! What an amazing bird!!

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    1. ...and to think, other birders at the refuge saw another one...I never did. I was lucky to spot THIS one.

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    1. Thank you Cloudia...hope you enjoyed this video.

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  8. Hello Anni, cool sighting of the Bittern! Great video.

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  9. A great piece of work Anni. I watched it full screen on You Tube. Similar but a little different to our European Bittern.

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    1. Thanks Phil! I'm glad you stopped by.

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  10. That was pretty awesome. He sue can stick his neck out can't he

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    1. Yep, and it can go further than what I have in the video...

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  11. That is pretty cool! Quite a coup to sight this fellow!

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    1. The ARE cool to watch when hunting food!! Thanks Michelle

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  12. Amazing camouflage. The video is fantastic.

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  13. Nature always amazes. Wonderful video. Thanks.

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  14. It took me a few minute to see bird in first photo. But I do like those books when you have to fine things.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Oh I like 'em too. Where's Waldo?!!!

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  15. Oh I had to look again at the first photo. Really great photos. We rarely seen the Bitterns here, they are so shy. Wonderful that you got to see this one.

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    1. They ARE entertaining!!
      Thanks Nora.

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  16. love the wiggle dance this bird does..so cute! the stretchy neck makes him a super bird. :) great video!

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    1. Wiggle dance....cool reference!! Thanks Marie.

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