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American Bittern

American Bittern

American Bittern

Photographed at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) on January 07, 2010. This bird was photographed in a ditch alongside the main road leading into MINWR. Cars were zooming by at a speed of at least 55+ mph. The traffic did not seem to bother the bird.

Whatbird: The American Bittern is a Medium-sized, secretive, heron-like wading bird with stout body and neck, and relatively short legs. Preferred habitats include freshwater wetlands with tall emergent vegetation.

American Bittern

American Bittern

American Bittern

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