Ixobrychus minutus

Little Bittern - The Little Bittern spends most of its time in reedbeds where it feeds and breeds. Because of this habitat it becomes difficult to see. It is a summer visitor that winters in Africa. It is a rare vagrant in Britain and Ireland. They feed at the edge of the reeds on frogs,insects and fish. Its nest is a raised platform of reeds in the reedbeds. If seen it is more frequently when climbing and crawling among the reeds rather than in flight. Although I did see a pair in low flight in the Algarve at Quinta Do Lago in Portugal where these images were taken.

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