<html><head><meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"></head><body dir="auto"><div><br></div><blockquote type="cite"><div><br></div></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><div><div style="color:#000; background-color:#fff; font-family:HelveticaNeue, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Arial, Lucida Grande, sans-serif;font-size:12pt"><div>Karen and I had the good fortune of watching an American Bittern for almost an hour today at Crescent Lake.</div><div><br></div><div>Feeding videos:</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14765137937/">https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14765137937/</a></div><div>  </div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14765667860/">https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14765667860/</a></div><div>  </div><div><br></div><div>At one point the bittern appeared to stumble into the water after which we watched it spread each wing, presumably drying them.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14951570002/">https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14951570002/</a></div><div>
  </div><div><br></div><div>We also watched it "shimmy", a movement we have seen Great Blue Herons make before striking a prey.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14952733642/">https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14952733642/</a></div><div> <br></div><div><br></div><div>Finally here is a photo showing the bittern mirroring its environment.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14763962388/">https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/14763962388/</a> </div></div></div></blockquote><div><br></div>Hank Heiberg<div>Lake Joy</div><div>Carnation, Wa</div><div>hankdotheibergatgmaildotcom<br><blockquote type="cite"><div><div style="color:#000; background-color:#fff; font-family:HelveticaNeue, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Arial, Lucida Grande, sans-serif;font-size:12pt"><div>  </div></div></div></blockquote></div></body></html>