American Bittern

We recently received an American Bittern. He is a wading, fishing water bird similar to a heron. Things to know about Bitterns: they have  a spear on the end of their faces, for fishing, and they can literally take an eye out (and they would love to – they go for anything shiny, like fish or the human eye), and they make a noise that sounds like the scariest monster ever.

This guy was thin, dehydrated and has a problem with one of his leg joints. We gave him fluids and tube feeding, and the avian vet will look at his leg. I think these pics are amazing showing the precautions we had to take, and yet, he’s just a scared bird in a totally alien environment. I’ll keep you updated.




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