American Bittern

CW. I was extremely lucky to spot this American Bittern at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge. It is just the second one I have ever seen. They hide in plain sight by pointing their beak to the sky and holding still, hoping to blend in with the surrounding plants.
Fantastic capture!
posted May 2nd, 2014  
This is beautiful. Where is the Refuge located on Bear Lake. I need to visit there this summer!
posted May 2nd, 2014  
Great curve of neck
posted May 2nd, 2014  
Nice one Ross !
posted May 2nd, 2014  
Wonderful capture, he looks like he could blend in very easily to his surroundings.
posted May 2nd, 2014  
Wonderful capture, he blends right in!
posted May 2nd, 2014  
@deak68 @peterdegraaff @momzo @sansjuan @rangerxenos Thanks, everyone. His protective coloration was perfect.
posted May 2nd, 2014  
@kbird61 The refuge is north of Bear Lake, Kay. When you travel the road from St Charles to North Beach the refuge is on your left, but there is no entrance there. To enter, there are roads from Paris, Montpelier, and Dingle that meet a crossroad to enter the refuge from the north. Spring and fall are the best times to see migratory wildlife. Summer doesn't have much to see.
posted May 2nd, 2014  
What a great coloration for safety for her, wow!
posted May 2nd, 2014  
Fabulous capture, love the camouflage! Fav.
posted May 2nd, 2014  
A wonderful find an capture.
posted May 2nd, 2014  
@ivan Thanks for the fav, Ivan. We went back today, but couldn't find her this time.
posted May 3rd, 2014  
@trinda @moxy Thanks, Trinda and Shelley. I went back again today and couldn't find her.
posted May 3rd, 2014  
gorgeous shot, love how well he blends in with the background! FAV!
posted May 3rd, 2014  
@monkeykid Thank you for the fav. I went back the next day but couldn't find it. It could have been there, but it did a better job hiding!
posted May 4th, 2014  
Love the textures and colors in this limited color pallette, and he's such a striking bird. FAV!
posted May 5th, 2014  
@johenn Thank you for the fav, Jo. I was really lucky to spot this guy.
posted May 5th, 2014  
Wow, what a fabulous capture. Would definitely be hard to see it as it does blend in with its surroundings. FAV
posted May 6th, 2014  
@darsphotos Thanks for the fav, Darlene. I know you are a bird person, so I'm glad I could share this with you.
posted May 6th, 2014  
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