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 American Bittern and Yellow-headed Blackbird

Photo of the Week (May 12th, 2019)

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A new instant favorite for me! I was driving west of Sioux Falls on Saturday, May 11th, when I first saw an American Bittern standing next to a cattail marsh, right by the road. I cautiously approached and pulled over, with the bittern standing perfectly still, "hiding" as bitterns do. While sitting there enjoying him from close range, another American Bittern started its unique unk-a-lunk-a song. After 10 minutes or so the bittern had enough of me at such close range, so it flew perhaps 20 yards out into the cattail marsh, landing on a likely muskrat lodge. While standing there, a Yellow-headed Blackbird would occasionally fly into the frame. I loved being able to grab a shot of both birds that SO typify cattail marshes around here.

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) and Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)

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