Bittern (Great Bittern) Botaurus stellaris

A scarce and elusive bird in the UK, breeding in just a few reedbed sites mainly in East Anglia. Norfolk probably has more sites than any other county, but the easiest place to see these is Minsmere in Suffolk where the patient observer stands a good chance of seeing one in flight.

The breeding birds in East Anglia are resident but a few extra birds from the Continent spend the winter here too. Sometimes these take up residence in much smaller reedbeds and these birds, like the one at Beeston below, often prove a lot easier to see.

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Bittern, Strumpshaw Fen (Norfolk, UK), 4th January 2009

 

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Bitterns, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 19th May 2012

 

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Bittern, Beeston Common (Norfolk, UK), 16th February 2008

 

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Bittern, north Norfolk (Norfolk, UK), 4th May 2015

 

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Bittern, Heigham Sound, Hickling (Norfolk, UK), 31st May 2009

 

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Bitterns, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 7th June 2008

 

Bittern, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 17th August 2008

 

Bittern, Martham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 26th December 2009