Copyright Paul Gale

Bittern, Lea Valley Country Park, January 1996.
The Bittern is a medium sized heron, standing just over two feet tall (70 - 80 cm). Bitterns are entirely dependent on large reed beds for habitat. Indeed they spend most of their time hidden in the reeds. The bird pictured here has made a brief appearance from the reeds at the Lea Valley Country Park, where up to four Bitterns spend the winter.

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Bitterns at Minsmere RSPB
See also Little Bittern
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