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A brief sighting of a bittern

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We went to the nearby RSBP reserve of Leighton Moss yesterday and were fortunate enough to see one of Britain’s rarest birds, the bittern. In 1997, the number of male bitterns in the UK stood at just eleven. Thankfully, with conservation efforts made with their habitat (they like reed beds), numbers have now grown to an estimated 85 ‘booming’ males in the UK (the boom being the bittern’s unusual mating call).  My apologies for the rather grainy picture.  It was a pity I didn’t manage to capture something a little better, particularly since it’s very unusual for the bittern to be a) seen clearly on the ground, or b) for it to emerge from the reeds.  Here, for a very brief moment, we had both before it took to the sky and flew away.

Birdwatchers considering using Kendal as a base for a holiday or short break may also be interested to know that we are quite near Haweswater, the site of England’s last remaining golden eagle.

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