Little Bittern
Ixobrychus* minutus
(L 9.8-14.2" WS 16-23"
Wt 2.1-5.3 oz)
Usually hard to Africa,
central and south Europe, west
and south Asia, and Madagascar.
Lake Kirkini
*Ixobrychus means
to devour in Greek.
The Bittern, sitting sadly on the fluted edges
Of pillars once the prop and pride of palace ledges,
Now smear‘d with damp decay and sunk in slimy sedges.
(Walter R. Cassels)