Bittern and spoonbill


This video shows a bittern in winter in Sweden.

Today, again to where the Baillon’s crakes nested last year.

A little grebe in the third ditch from the entrance.

Near the pond: lapwings, snipe, ruff, juvenile shelduck, gadwall.

On a mudbank: redshank, common sandpiper, pied wagtail.

A common pochard in a ditch. Barn swallow flying. Grass rush flowering.

In the ditch between the southern and northern part, an adult great crested grebe with two juveniles.

In the northern part, a spoonbill, looking for food in the shallow water. Later, standing on one leg on a very small island.

A grey heron stands in the grass, striking a pose with both wings spread out which reminds me of a similar pose by a rufescent tiger-heron which I saw along the Suriname river.

Common tern. Shoveler.

Egyptian, Canada, and grey lag geese.

This video from England says about itself:

A Bittern seen at the Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve, Lancashire during December 2007.

It seems the water there was frozen then.

Then, the most beautiful seconds of this morning. A bittern flies from the right to the left, over the reedbeds behind the pond. Just a few seconds. Then it disappears into the reedbeds, back to the invisibility which marks most of bitterns’ lives. This is only the second time ever that I have seen a bittern flying.

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