Friday, December 20, 2013

Bittern week at IRRI - week ending 21st Dec

A good week for bitterns. An interesting Yellow Bittern with very pale wing coverts got me excited for a while. Cinnamon Bitterns are easily seen in the ricefields, while a visit to the lakes on the upland farms produced a couple of more normally plumaged Yellow Bitterns.

Male Yellow Bittern with very pale wing coverts. After initially identifying this as Schrenk's I was gently corrected!
Adult Yellow Bittern with a more conventional wing pattern.

Female Cinnamon Bittern

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