Little bittern

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Ixobrychus minutus –
It is the smallest ardeidae weighing between 60 and 150g. Lives in bedreeds and highly vegetated shores.
If it is still listed LC (minor concern) in the status of UICN preservation, it is in severe decline in Europe due to the reduction of the swampy areas: the national population in France is considered to be between 500 and 800 pairs only.
The species is migratory and the populations flying to Europe go back to eastern Africa to winter with the exception of the sub-Saharan ones which are sedentary.
Monogamous and territorial these small herons can flock together in reduced numbers at migratory times.
C’est le plus petit des ardeidés: son oscille entre 60 et 150g. Il fréquente les roselières marécageuses et les pièces d’eau hautement végétalisées.
S’il est encore listé LC (préoccupation mineure) dans le statut de conservation UICN, il est en sérieux déclin en Europe dû à la réduction des zones marécageuses: sa population nationale en France se situerait entre 500 et 800 couples seulement.
Ce butor est migrateur et retourne hiverner en Afrique de l’est, à l’exception des populations sub-sahariennes qui sont sédentaires. Monogames et territoriaux ces petits hérons peuvent se retrouver en bandes réduites de quelques individus en périodes migratoires.

Female
Male

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Noushka

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka Wildlife

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

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Dulcie Beak

They look almost snake like when they stretch out 🙂 Beautiful photos as alwasy Happy weekend, hugs Diane