Thursday, August 18, 2011

Least Bittern

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Least Bittern at Orlando Wetlands Park
Of all the herons, egrets and bitterns (Ardeidae), the Least Bittern is my favorite.  They're a challenge to find, since they spend most of their time hidden in reeds, but they are beautiful, small birds, and they are a thrill to see.  I frequently see them both in Viera Wetlands and at Orlando Wetlands Park.  You probably won't find them if you're in a hurry.  If you slow down and look carefully in the reeds, there's a good chance you'll see one, or more than one.  Here are a sampling of my gallery of Least Bitterns.  Note the juvenile Least Bittern I saw recently at Viera Wetlands.

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Least Bittern at Viera Wetlands
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Least Bittern at Orlando Wetlands Park
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Least Bittern at Orlando Wetlands Park
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Least Bittern at Viera Wetlands
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Least Bittern at Orlando Wetlands Park

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