Mike Fung got some nice shots today of the Bittern and a Mink.
PS Congrats to Bridget on finally getting her lifer AMBI today!!
Love the Bittern but it is particularly nice to see the mink. My sister and I saw one a few times last year around the boardwalk at the pond: very pretty.
Even though I saw Bitterns quite regularly at the foot of Francis Rd over the past couple months, I always found them rather tricky to photograph there. So I headed to Terry Nova yesterday to see if I could find one there. And was very fortunate!
Cory was already there when I got there and had a Bittern lined up in a very nice spot: thanks Cory! Always nice to get some bright, downsun photographs at relatively close range with the bird in the open. Come to think of it: how often does THAT happen... Oh well, makes us appreciate it more when it DOES happen!
And I had never before noticed the blue mark on the neck! Nature can be very, very beautiful indeed.
I agree they have beautiful plumage. Have you ever seen them in breeding plumage when they get those white feathers on the back? See here:
Also I love the sounds they make in breeding season listen here if you haven't heard it (scroll all the way down - right hand corner):
Cory cute shot of the Beaver, we saw him last time we were at Terra Nova. There are 2 at Iona as you know unfortunately they are doing quite a bit of damage.