An American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) in the reeds. It was tricky to get close to this one - I used a boat.
The American Bittern breeds in all of Alberta except for the mountains. It is confined to extensive cat-tail marshes and bulrush stands. It winters in southern and coastal U.S.A.
It arrives around the beginning of May, and leaves by early October. Because of its liking for impenetrable habitats, it is more often heard than seen
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