The following is a series of photos of a most photogenic American Bittern. We visited Horicon Marsh NWR in central Wisconsin and while driving along one of the dike roads (Main Dike Road) we discovered (among MANY) bitterns, this one right next to the road. We were able to stand as close as 5 feet from him and Dakota and Birdfreak fired away close to 500 photos. Please enjoy a few of them!!
Sequence of nabbing prey
The morsel slips on to the bill and away!
Big feet help when you live in a marsh
Five to seven feet away from one way cool bird!
We have much more to report on from our wonderful visit to Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge including a full review of the Audubon Inn, our night’s retreat after a full day of windy birding.
6 thoughts on “Smitten With Bitterns”
A wonderful series of this beauriful bird. Ours here are not so intensely striped.
Superb shots of the bittern.
Awesome series! The big feet photo is my favorite.
Great photos! Now, if only I can “see” one for myself! I know, patience and perseverance. Thanks for sharing your photos with us.
Great shots. I’ve always loved these birds, although I’ve never seen one in “real” life.
Thanks for some great pictures . I will keep visiting your site.