Friday 7 November 2014

Schrenck's Bittern

Recalling a run of two or three November Japanese Night Herons a couple of years ago, there's now a very late Schrenck's Bittern at a small woodland pond in Nishinomiya, Hyogo. The bird can remain hidden for hours on end but when it does appear it isn't in the least affected by the crowds. As with a number of species, habitat preference creates a false impression that they are shy. This Bittern reminded me of some crakes, so hard to see but will happily walk across your feet.

There was a Pec Sand not far from this location a couple of weeks ago so I'm rather hoping rares come in threes and that the next will be the big one.

This bird was picked up dead and found to have a fish hook lodged in its throat. Presumably it was this, which must have been picked up at another location, that halted its migration.

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