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American Bittern

It was a rather gloomy and damp day so I was not expecting much.

American Bittern
American Bittern

Much to my delight this American Bittern emerged from the reeds.

American Bittern
American Bittern

Better yet,

American Bittern
American Bittern

… it did not seem to mind my walking along side.

American Bittern
American Bittern

This Bittern definitely made my day allowing me to be this close with what is usually a fairly elusive bird.

Mallards, Coots & Northern Pintail

With the cooler weather I spent a little time this afternoon watching and photographing some of the waterfowl on the frozen ponds. Not too many birds around on the ice, but a few opportunities did present themselves. I started off with some Mallards,

Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard
Mallard

…followed by American Coot,

American Coot
American Coot
American Coot
American Coot

… and finishing off with a couple of Northern Pintails.

Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail