Tuesday, April 27, 2010

American Bittern

Botaurus lentiginosus

John saw a heron while we were on the sun porch after church on Sunday. I packed up my camera, and even though I was still wearing my good shoes, we traipsed across the road the see if we could photograph it. John has a unique method for photographing wildlife. He will be the distractor while I shoot the camera. We enter the line of sight of the animal together. Then, if I go right, John moves left. Most animals can't count, so if they follow John's movements they will forget that I am there. This method has worked many times.

I see bitterns here often. You have to look closely and know your bog because bitterns really do look like sticks in the water. But their call is very distinctive. If you hear them call in your bog, then you need to spend a lot of time looking for the bittern. Think of it as a meditation and the time spent will be well used.

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1 comment:

  1. Dear Andree,

    This was fascinating to look at and read. I kept moving closer and closer to my monitor, fully expecting the pictures to come to life. And then they did as the heron took flight.



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