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When you're looking for birds, it's helpful to pay careful attention to the seemingly nonchalant stance of those folks with the serious camera and or spotting equipment. Don't overlook the birders with binoculars around their neck either.

If they're out there, and they don't seem to be doing much of anything, but they're staying in one spot, particularly if you find a cluster of them, there's an excellent chance that they are waiting for something they expect to happen that you would enjoy seeing too; stick around.

Least Bittern
Least Bittern
Watching the bird watchers - that's how I found this Least Bittern. See the little brown and black spot in the reeds above? I might have missed this little heron completely if the experienced birders hadn't all been waiting patiently for it to come back in sight. When it did, the cameras started clicking!

The reeds were too far away for a good shot with my lens and experience, but fortunately the little bird posed briefly on some closer Alligator Flag too.

Now that I know where to look for it, I'll dedicate some time to exercising my camera skills on other birds in the vicinity while waiting for the little Least Bittern to grace us with its presence again.
Least Bittern
Got it! Here it's hunting:
Least Bittern
Least Bittern
The photo below of the Fire Flag plant has a hidden bird. Do you see it? This is typical of the Least Bittern - it hides. If you can't find the Bittern in this picture, try looking at a larger version.
... talk about sticking your neck out:
Least Bittern
Least Bittern
Least Bittern
Least Bittern
Least Bittern
Least Bittern
Least Bittern
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