2023—Catch of the Day

The Least Bittern is the smallest heron. It stands motionless, hiding in the reeds and lily pads of Lake Kissimmee, almost impossible to detect. When we spotted this small bird, dwarfed by the surrounding lily pads and reeds, it was no surprise that they’re so hard to see. It took me a moment to find it among the reeds after Captain Mark called it out and stopped the airboat. It stood motionless, then slowly stretched its neck toward the water, and with absolute killer precision, a tiny minnow became the catch of the day.

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