Friday, September 17, 2010

Black Bittern

The Black Bittern (Dupetor flavicollis) is an uncommon breeding visitor to northern Thailand. Unlike any other species of bittern, the male of this species has completely black plumage with pale yellowish and brown stripes on its neck. Female has similar pattern to the male but with dark brown plumage. It is sure a very shy bird like other bitterns. I've only seen it on land just a few times. Mostly, it is visible only in flight or when it is flushed up from vegetation. Here I caught what seems to be a female in flight at Muang Chum. Too bad the bird was flying a bit way too far so I couldn't get much detail of it, but at least the background was quite pleasing though.


Phil said...

Those are pretty good efforts Ayuwat. All bitterns seem to be very secretive and difficult to photograph. Black Bittern is a good descriptive name.

Dingtech said...

สวยครับ...แม้จะไกลไปหน่อย แต่เธอก็ดูเด่น
ผมไม่เคยเห็นนกยางดำเลย เข้าใจว่ามีแต่สีขาว