Lake Apopka Bittern
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This American bittern was spotted on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in Orange County, Florida.
The American Bittern (botaurus lentiginosus), breeds in Canada and the northern United States in the summer, and winters along the coasts of the United States, Mexico, and down into Central America.
Look for them mainly in freshwater marshes with tall less dense vegetation. They like wetlands of many types and sizes including saltwater occasionally.
This medium sized heron is a solitary forager, hunting during the day, mainly at dawn and dusk. They feed mainly on fish but also eat crustaceans, amphibians, reptiles and small mammals.
November 18th, 2020
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