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Old Feb 4, 2011, 8:55 PM   #11
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I've never seen a bittern, either in the wild or captivity. Thanks very much to both of you for posting these remarkable photos and for this fascinating lesson.
Always happy to share a record of such a rare opportunity, and the biology behind it. Thanks for looking and commenting.
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Old Feb 5, 2011, 1:24 PM   #12
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Thank you, Flutelady.

Rocky, not a hijack - it is a good illustration of the eye position that I was trying to describe. While in the right situation it certainly does confer camouflage, here rather than trying to hide, it may be that it was just trying to get a look at you with both eyes! You were much closer than I was, too. Thanks for posting it.
that's entirely possible! it struck that pose several times, though, and only once looking at me directly... the eye position is almost identical in Great Blue Herons, and similar, but not as pronounced, in Greenies. amazing, how nature has adapted these animals so they can see downward, where their prey normally is, without tilting their heads or bending their necks...
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A minor contribution to the Bittern Fan Club

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http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel...rtikel=2776408

Botaurus stellaris, Rördrom, Bittern
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