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.
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
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.
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
... talk about sticking your neck out: