Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Little Bit o' Tern


Hailing again from the Circle Bar B Preserve in Lakeland, this is a bittern. You don't see these guys very often, yet in just a few feet of trail, I spotted three of them, getting decent shots of two. Hard to tell from the pictures, but these guys are frozen in place, hoping that you won't notice them in the weeds. Well, I say frozen. They will actually sway back and forth a little, trying to mimic the motion of the weeds in the wind. It sort of reminds me of a house cat that thinks it's hidden, but selective breeding has caused it not to be very well camouflaged. Anyhow, just another bird in what must seem like an endless parade of them around here. And yes, there are more to come.

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