Thursday, June 9, 2011
Quite by accident I have seen as many as three American Bittern in Goulds. On one occasion, three lifted off just ahead of me and flew into the distance.
Yesterday, while walking around the park, I looked up and there was a bittern flying over my head. This was quite some distance from the water. I don't know where it came from or where it was going.
I just thought that was nice and nothing more. I went on with my walk and sometime later I was crossing a walking bridge and spotted this thin head and neck sticking up and out of the talk grass. I froze in my tracks and watched.
It is pretty special to see this bird when not in flight because it has the great ability to blend in with the surroundings and disappear. The advantage now is that the grass is all green and its brown colors really stand out. As the natural surrounding change, this tropical looking bird will be able to pop up right in front of you and trust that it won't be seen.