Where’s Waldo?

Can you find the American Bittern?

The above photo of an American Bittern was taken at The Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area (http://www.thebashakill.org/aboutbk.htm) in Sullivan County, New York. The American Bittern is a fascinating bird that I have wanted to see for a while now. A couple of weeks ago I finally got a really good look at one. Much thanks to Scott Baldinger who posted the bird’s whereabouts and to Tricia for locating the bird in the field. American Bitterns are very secretive and their markings make an amazing camouflage. In addition to the markings, the bird moves very slowly and deliberately and will sometimes point his head straight up to blend with its surroundings. Here’s a close up of the same photo. You can see the Bittern creeping through the foliage.

Zoomed in and cropped you can see the American Bittern

Here are some more photos of the same bird:

2 thoughts on “Where’s Waldo?”

  1. I spent three hours at the Basha Kill this morning and heard the bittern several times. As hard as I looked I could not see it in the marsh. I think it knew I was looking for it because as soon as I got in the car, I heard it call out again. So frustrating, and amusing! Your pics are great, Matt. Good eye, Tricia.

    1. They are SO difficult to see! We had the scope with us, and I think that that helped. And Tricia does have good eye for sure! I can’t wait to see one again.

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