Little Bittern
Copyright Paul Gale

Little Bittern in the reeds of the S'Albufera Marsh (Mallorca). These secretive little herons are very difficult to see. You may just glimpse one in flight as it makes a quick dash from one reed bed to another. I photographed this male soon after sunrise in May 1998. The Little Bittern is the smallest of the European herons, standing just over a foot tall (33 - 38 cm).
Little Bittern

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