2022—Ready to Pounce

In the last hour of our last day on Lake Kissimmee, we spent time with this male Least Bittern who was very intent on finding its next meal. In most of my images of him, he is partially obscured by the reeds and the lily pads. The Least Bittern is the smallest heron at 3 ounces and about 12 inches in length. This male can easily hide among the lily pads, seen behind him, and blend in with the reeds that match the colors of his feathers. He briefly emerged in an opening and I was able to capture his intense concentration without reeds or lily pads obscuring him.