Wednesday, May 25, 2011

American Bittern

For the past few days, all I've been hearing outside is the "pumping" sound of an American Bittern. You've got to hear this to believe it. It really sounds mechanical.

I went outside a few times with binoculars and as soon as the critter saw me, he shut down and stood stick-still to blend in with the reeds around him. It worked.

But timing is everything. I was taking the clothes off my line and there he was. I could see hear him and see him in action.

I took a few snaps and as I got further away, he started up again. I hope he finds a mate!


Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Totally cool!!!!

Sharon said...

Sounds a bit like water dripping from a tap.

Marcia said...


Deb said...

That's quite a work-out he does. Very cool!

Knatolee said...

They just make the whackiest noise. Great pics.


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