Monday, March 6, 2017

American Bittern

Hello,


My wild bird this week is the American Bittern, these images are from various visits to the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland Fl. Photos taken Dec 17th and on Jan 15th.

The American Bittern is a large chunky bird. They have rust and cream colored feathers on their throat, breast and upper belly. They a chestnut brown crown. The side of their neck has a bluish-black patch, this patch is longer in the male than the female.


A chubby looking American Bittern. The upper mandible is darker than the lower. Their iris is pale yellow.


Their legs and feet are yellowish-green.






I hope you enjoyed the American Bittern and my photos. Thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

59 comments:

  1. Hello,

    Beautiful bird! The American Bittern is very pretty.

    Happy Monday!

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  2. I've never seen one of these guys! Like how he is stretched out in the last pic, Eileen!

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  3. Hello Eileen! I really enjoyed learning about this bird that I was unaware of before! Your photos of the bittern show their markings and plumage so well!
    Have a happy week!

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  4. Hi Eileen, your photos of the American Bittern are awesome. I remember when I first saw one. We were in Florida and I didn't know what I was looking at. Never forgot it though. Thank you for sharing these wonderful shots and have a great week :)

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  5. Gorgeous photos of this beautiful and magnificent bird, Eileen! I love the colours and patterns! Thank you so much for sharing, and I wish you a wonder filled week. :)

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  6. i have never seen this bird before. the shape resembles the green heron. beautiful captures, they have pretty coloring!!

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  7. What an interesting bird. Lovely colour! Have a good day!

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  8. What super photos, those feathers sparkle. Love that flower in your header. Pink in every photo there.

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  9. Hari om
    Gorgeous birdy! Here in UK, the Great Bittern is 'at risk' and there has been much excitement at sightings already this spring... YAM xx

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  10. I love this bird! Very nice photos. In my language this animal is called: roerdomp.

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  11. It is pretty and I really like the arrangement of color feathers. Have a nice week. Regards.

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  12. what beautiful chest feathers he has..

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  13. Beautiful, the Bittern is excellent, my favourite is number 3, I love it.

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  14. ah, I know I've confused these guys for young green herons.

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  15. Wow! Another bird I'm not sure I've seen. I went back and looked at my Green heron but I see some differences. I almost wondered if I had got the ID wrong. Love your photos...you are GOOD! Hugs, Diane

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  16. Wonderful shots! I wish there were more of them around here.

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  17. Looks like a large bird..Love the way the feather pattern makes it look striped..

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  18. The second one looks like he's just had a big happy meal. :-)

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  19. love your new header shots. happy week to you!! hope you are stay warm. so cold around here. ( ;

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  20. Lovely to see your photo's.
    What amazing colouring this bird has.

    All the best Jan

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  21. A really, very very "pretty bird."

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  22. Yes, I enjoyed the post and the photos of the American Bittern

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  23. I always appreciate the birds I see on your blog. I am always learning about new ones.

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  24. Great detail on each photo. Strong looking bird. Thanks Eileen.
    Joy

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  25. He's an interesting bird and one that's hard to spot. You did well. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Never heard of this one. It's a beauty though. Great photos of him also.

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  27. I've never seen an American Bittern before. It looks to be an inquisitive bird.
    Amalia
    xo

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  28. What lovely markings that bird has.

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  29. Beautiful birds !

    Have a nice week !

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  30. One of my favorites Eileen. Such great portraits.

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  31. Ohhhh ..... great to see this wonderful bittern.
    I also hope someday to be able to get right in to picture.
    These photos of you are super!
    Greetings, Helma

    PS I was by crowds forgot to link my post last Saturday.

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  32. The pattern in those feathers is very pretty.

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  33. Oh Honey! What fun to know you

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  34. Are't they beautiful. Eileen, your image shares are all stunning, just wonderful work! I wish that I could have seen one again this past journey, but at least I got to see one two years ago. Have a wonderful week~

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  35. What an interesting looking critter. Have a great day!
    Andrea

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  36. Wow! You said the bird is large and chunky, but I wasn't expecting what your final picture showed! This bird looks pretty tall! Extraordinary, and, beautiful! Have a great day, Eileen!

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  37. Hi Eileen, I've said this many times but I love seeing your pictures of all of the different birds --while you are in Florida... This guy is gorgeous. I have never seen one before...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  38. What an unusual, but beautiful looking bird. Thank you so much, Eileen, for sharing about it.

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  39. Fantastic birds to see. Our bitterns over winter in the reed beds near us and are sometimes impossible to pick out in the reeds.

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  40. I like this bird, it's so beautiful! Thanks for showing it to us through your amazing pictures.

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  41. another bird that is new to me ; yes I did enjoy! :)

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  42. Hello Eileen. Your photos are awesome. The American Bittern looking so beautiful.

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  43. Vous vous êtes déguisée en Butor pour réaliser ces magnifiques images de cet oiseau si discret ? ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  44. Great photos!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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  45. Hi Eileen,
    such a fabulous bird with pretty lovely fantastic feathers.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  46. American bittern resembles our Indian pond heron! Great capture

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  47. Fabulous shots, Eileen! They are strong looking birds, aren't they!

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  48. An interesting looking bird. I don't believe I have ever seen one before.

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  49. wonderful sight. It is several years since I was the one we have. Nice to see yours.

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  50. Oh wow - great shots. I only saw a Bittern one time - and it quickly disappeared into the reeds and I didn't get a picture.

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  51. I saw a nature program that talked about these birds....lovely captures Eileen...Michelle

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