bittern rspb 2

Bittern Print Two

This is a wetland/reed bed bird that likes to sit in the reeds and builds its nest at the reed base. They often climb right up the reeds to get a view and then take off from the top of the reeds. With a very strong, slow wing beat it then flies over the reeds and then sometimes will climb a bit higher to get the chance to attract a mate. The male will boom in early spring trying to draw in a female for mating. The male has a blue patch at the top of the bill by the head and the female has only a yellow mark near the head.

This photograph was used by RSPB Minsmere on their web site in their monthly reports on sightings of different birds.


Botaurus stellaris

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