Yellow Bittern – bitterning posture

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“An adult male Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) in the classical ‘you cannot see me’ or bitterning posture (above) – bill pointing upwards and sometimes with neck stretched vertically. I call this the ‘I am one with the reeds’ camouflage posture.

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“It is assumed when the bird is alarmed or does not want to be noticed and tries to blends in with the reeds. I find the posture very amenable for me to make a slow, close approach to the bird; in this case 3 meters.

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“The other 3 images (2 above, 1 below) are the result; better quality images.”

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Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
26th June 2017

Location: Tambun, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth near limestone hills and ex-mining pools (fish farming)

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