As far as I can tell, this American Bittern has only one leg. And judging by the look in his eye, he’s out for vengeance!
This entry was posted on April 13, 2013 by oopsjohn. It was filed under Uncategorized .
I’ve often seen gulls standing on what looks like a single leg. Someone told me they tuck the other leg up for warmth. I can’t vouch for that, but that’s what I’ve heard… 😉
April 13, 2013 at 2:18 AM
…but I liked your version much better! It’s a green leg no less.
April 13, 2013 at 2:19 AM
I’m sure you’re right, Gunta, and I have often seen them do that too. But I wasn’t sure so I thought for blogs-sake I would turn this into an “Ahab-moment.” Besides, I stand like that myself sometimes, one leg tucked up – usually when I’m bored 🙂
April 13, 2013 at 7:17 PM
What colors. I love the background camoflage just like his markings, clever birdie, and yes one hell of an eye.
I keep working on learning something new from your photographs and thought I had spotted what I’d never noticed, that birds frequently have their beaks parted, not evenly closed. And here is your new one with definitively closed beak. I’ve seen one leg standing before too and it’s hard to tell for sure. The balance is pure tai chi, nonetheless.
April 13, 2013 at 2:57 AM
Yes, great balance. I keep thinking, what if he suddenly had to spear a tasty morsel with that beak of his, could he do so balanced on one leg? Thanks…
April 13, 2013 at 7:20 PM
April 14, 2013 at 2:56 PM
Thanks! We are all waiting for your return from your blog hiatus 🙂
April 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM
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