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American Bittern

Photo of the Week (July 29th, 2018)

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From July 2018 at Weisensee Slough in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, an American Bittern doing what American Bitterns do...extending their necks and sticking their bill up in the air as they "hide". Sometimes it's surprisingly effective, particularly in spring when they're hiding in dried, brown cattails from the year before. Other times? Not so much.  It's been a banner summer for finding these guys though, so it's a well-deserved photo of the week.

American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus

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