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The Eurasian Bittern or Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae.
It is a large, chunky, brown bird, very similar to the American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosa. It is 69-81 cm (24"-34") in length, with a 100-130 cm wingspan.
It is declining in much of its temperate European and Asian range. It is resident in the milder west and south, but migrates south from areas where the water freezes in winter.
In the UK, the main areas are Lancashire and East Anglia with an estimated 44 breeding pairs. Europe as a whole is estimated at 20-44,000 males.
This bittern is usually well-hidden in Phragmites reedbeds. Usually solitary, it walks stealthily seeking fish, frogs, small mammals and insects. If it senses that it has been seen, it becomes motionless, with its bill pointed upward, causing it to blend into the reeds. It is most active at dawn and dusk.
Its folk names include "barrel-maker", "bog-bull", "bog hen", "bog-trotter", and "butterbump", mire drum, mostly refer to the mating call of the male, which is a deep fog-horn or bull-like boom, easily audible from a distance of 2 miles on a calm night. The Latin for bittern, Botaurus, also refers to the bull. The other part of its scientific name, stellata is the Latin for starry, in reference to its plumage.
Surveys of Eurasian Bitterns are carried out by noting the number of distinct male booms in a given area.
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Very nice captured of this Eurasian Bittern in natural habitat, great sharpness, beautiful lighting and nice natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Culori naturale, detalii si compozitie reusita cu aceast starc.
Frumoasa pasare, pe care inca nu am intalnit-o.
a very nice capture of camouflage master Botaurus stellaris among reeds. great POV and focus. nicely composed and presented. thanks for sharing. best wishes
- [2011-08-08 0:19]
felicitari, frumoasa realizare!
Exercice difficile compte tenu de l'environnement du sujet et superbement résolu par l'excellente maitrise de la lumière et de la profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
- [2011-08-08 5:06]
An interesting picture! I think that the high grasses are giving to the shot a pleasant graphical aspect and the bird is standing in the middle of them with the same straight attitude. Beautiful natural colors too. Well seen!