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American Bittern

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2001

The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) large and heavy-bodied with relatively long neck that tapers to a pointed bill. Relatively pointed wings in flight compared to the Night-heron. Bitterns are more normally heard rather than seen; their song is a deep gulping oonk-a-lunk heard mostly at dusk. Photographed at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, California.



When alarmed the Bittern freezes with bill pointed up.

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2001

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2001


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