Bitterns are classifications of the heron family; usually frequent the reed beds and similar marshy areas.
It’s cryptic plumage blends in with the vegetation. Always solitary. Feeds on fish and other aquatic animals. Movements slow and stiff; often stands with neck and bill pointed up. Flight usually low and direct; hunchbacked and long-headed. Gait very slow.
Hides among the reeds in marshes. Most often seen clinging to reeds at the edge of small ponds, watching the water below for fish. Always solitary. Small size and buffy color distinctive. Sometimes flies short distances just above reeds.