A bittern. Photo courtesy Photos8.com
Another web entry from king birdspotter Mr Jaffa on his remarkable site which includes wonderful photos showing the rich variety of wildlife in the Budleigh Salterton area, especially on the Otter estuary.
This time it's about the return of what he calls the Budleigh bittern. I was going to ask for permission to reproduce his photo, but came across the equally striking photo of a bittern shown above on Sam Mugraby's terrific free site at http://www.photos8.com/birds-desktop-wallpapers.html
But do go ahead and click on http://creamteabirding.blogspot.com/2011/01/budleigh-bittern-is-back.html for the entry on 9 January 2011 to see our local bittern. And now perhaps, next time I walk along the River Otter, I won't think that it's a curlew or even a pheasant.