Mystery Bird

by Linda
(Aurora, Ontario, Canada)

Bittern or Imm. Nt. Heron??

Bittern or Imm. Nt. Heron??

Please help me identify this bird.

This is one of several heron-type birds in the marsh near my home (photo taken in late August in York Region, Ontario). I can't tell if it is a bittern or an immature night heron. He sits motionless for very long periods waiting to snap up a passing fish.

Not sure. Bitterns are very difficult to spot, but easy to recognize by their sound. They make a call that I can only describe as similar to a toilet plunger. Great photo.

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Aug 11, 2012
mystery solved
by: Anonymous

your bird appears to be a juvenile black-crowned night heron

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