Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus

A rare vagrant to the UK from southern Europe. It's usually an elusive and difficult bird to find but sometimes they do come out into the open.

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male Little Bittern, Göksu Delta (Turkey), 9th May 2010

 

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female Little Bittern, Göksu Delta (Turkey), 10th May 2010

 

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female Little Bittern, Göksu Delta (Turkey), 10th May 2010

 

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male Little Bittern, Göksu Delta (Turkey), 9th May 2010

 

male Little Bittern, Riet Vell, Ebro Delta (Cataluña, Spain), 20th May 2013

 

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female Little Bittern, Riet Vell, Ebro Delta (Cataluña, Spain), 21st May 2013

 

male Little Bittern, Quinta do Lago (Algarve, Portugal), 15th April 2006

 

The following bird belongs to the African race payesii, differing from nominate birds from the Palaearctic in having a rich russet neck.

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Little Bittern of the African race payesii, Liwonde (Malawi), 26th May 2011