It's "Heron Week", folks...
@dpom ( my wise teacher ) said, " You're spoiled with two A. Bitterns in one month. Don't get use to it." 900 shots to hit the puffed crest!
Did you know this bird has green eye shadow? ( Third shot ) Who knew?
Unfortunately wouldn't come out from the grasses for a clean shot.
16 Jan 2011.
Shinnecock County Park, Suffolk Co, NY.
Note the alignment of bill and breast stripes with background reeds in an attempt to be invisible.
Green Cay Wetlands, Palm Beach Co., FL January 17, 2016
The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae.