Least Bittern

Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, Sept 5, 2018.

We found this one while out on the pontoon, cruising the edge of the marsh.
Ixobrychus exilis
Perhaps surprisingly, tiny Least Bitterns use areas with deeper water than the much larger, longer-legged American Bittern. Least Bitterns can do this because their long, agile toes and curved claws allow them to grasp reeds and hunt small prey while suspended from these precarious over-water perches.


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