American Bittern 005
As the one moved out of the cattails I was able to get a good look at the beautiful markings on its feathers. They look so different when not stretched out. Their call is very unusual. Kind of like pumping of water through a culvert. You wouldn’t even think a bird could make a sound like that. If you have never heard it I would suggest going to the internet and listening to this unique call.
When I was a kid we used to have a pair that nested in a swamp not far from our barn. In the spring I would listen to their call most evenings after milking the cows.