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Old Aug 28, 2006, 2:27 PM   #1
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it appears that i misidentified the bird in the last 3 pics in my post "a few more green herons" (no surprise there, i'm certainly no bird expert!!). i had thought it was either a juvenile or an immature green heron, but it really is an American bittern. these birds are much harder to spot than the green herons - they're often heard, apparently, but very seldom seen. in fact, birders at this particular park get excited just to see one, much less get within a dozen feet, andspend 30 minutes watching and photographing it! yesterday must've been a lucky day for me! :lol:

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Old Aug 28, 2006, 2:47 PM   #2
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Least bittern Ixobrychus exilis
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Identification Tips:
  • Length: 11 inches Wingspan: 17 inches [/*]
  • Very small wading bird [/*]
  • Buff face and sides to the neck [/*]
  • White chin, throat, foreneck and belly [/*]
  • Buff wing coverts visible in flight and at rest
Adult male:
[/*]
  • Black cap [/*]
  • Black back [/*]
  • Fairly faint brown streaks on fore-neck
Adult female:
[/*]
  • Brown cap [/*]
  • Brown back [/*]
  • More obvious brown streaks on fore-neck
Juvenile:
[/*]
  • Buff cap does not contrast with face [/*]
  • Blackish streaks on foreneck [/*]
  • Brown back
[/*]
Similar species:
Green Heron lacks buff color to head and wings. All other herons are much larger.



Check out this link.

http://losbird.org/labirds/lst_bittern.htm


and this one which is better yet.

http://www.naturescapes.net/phpBB2/v...hlight=bittern



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Old Aug 28, 2006, 3:51 PM   #3
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American bittern - http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAbou...n_Bittern.html
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