I think I first noticed this bird when I saw something flew from the marsh to the ditch while I was photographing a couple of Song Sparrows. However, when I got to where I think the bird landed, I only saw a couple of Mallards. But as I pedaled further along, I noticed this thing (below).
When it moves, it also moves its neck slightly to simulate the movement of the cattail reeds. Too bad, there are no tall reeds around it to conceal its identity.
And because the bank wasn't too steep, I decided to walk down to the bittern's level to take a closer look at this beautiful bird.
When it tilted its head down, I knew it will likely strike (at something).
Catching a small morsel.
Gulp and gone!
Then another biker came and started taking its pictures as well. I think this was when the bittern assumed this pose - to make itself look bigger and more intimidating (not really working but it was a good try).
Time to let you enjoy your peace alone.
Thank you, bittern, for sharing a moment with me.