Sunday, February 01, 2009

A Good Year Bird: Least Bittern

I got to see and photograph a least bittern—my first sighting of this species in several years—at the Viera Wetlands on Florida's east coast last week. Many of the birders attending the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida, got to see this bird. A lucky few saw its larger cousin, the American bittern, at the same locale on the same day.

Even though I have yet to write down a single species, I think I am keeping a North American year list this year. Maybe if I keep saying and thinking that, I'll actually do it. Regardless of my slothful ways, I was chuffed to add the least bittern to my 2009 list.

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At 1:20 PM, Blogger OpposableChums said...

Wow, that second pic is an award-winner!

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Weedpicker Cheryl said...

Thanks for that amazing photo, Bill. It was like re-living our 3 Least Bittern day at Viera.

Space Coast was awesome!


At 9:40 AM, Blogger Rondeau Ric said...

Excellent photos Bill.
We get American bitterns in the marsh on a regular basis, the least are there but hard to find.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Ah, lovely. How do you get those shots?

At 1:16 PM, Blogger dguzman said...

Sweet photos! I really want to see a Least; I've lived next to a marsh with an American on it, so I'm kinda spoiled on that count.

It's funny how badly I want to have a big year or big month or whatever--and then I just never can stick with the record-keeping. Good to know the pros have the same problem.

At 11:11 PM, Blogger pineyflatwoodsgirl said...

A least bittern! awesome! Have you seen any Ivorybills?


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