When seen may stand still with
bill pointed upward...and striped
neck blends in with reeds.
American Bittern
Botaurus lentiginosus
(L 28" WS 42" Wt 1.5 lb)
The Bittern sitteth ‘midst the marshes of the Past,
Sitteth amidst the ruins, whilst the hours fleet fast,
And at his own hoarse cry he looketh round aghast.
(Walter R. Cassels)
Lake Woodruff Nat‘l
Wildlife Refuge, Fla
Merritt Island NWR