This species prefers cattail marshes.  Your best bets are Point Pelee National Park, Holiday Beach Conservation Area, Hillman Marsh Conservation Area and St. Clair National Wildlife Area

A stocky and well-camouflaged heron of dense reed beds, the American Bittern is difficult to see. Its far-carrying booming call is distinctive, but the bittern itself likes to keep under cover

Adult Description
Medium-sized, stocky heron.
Thick neck and bill.
Colored in brown, tan, and white stripes.
This small heron is often seen with its neck up stretched along the edges of cattail mats.

Immature Description
Similar to adult.

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