Great Bittern
Botaurus stellaris

Great Bittern at Ortuvann in Bergen, Hordaland county on the 15th. of March 2003. It had previously been seen by a single observer several times during January and February. When relocated at this new spot today, it stayed exposed long enough for the local twitchers to tick it off. Despite of six birds recorded in Norway this winter, it is a great rarity with only 65 records until 2001. This bird was only the second county record.

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Nature photography by Frode Falkenberg