A BITTERN appeared at Moor Green Lakes (Grove Lake) on the 13th February. Unfortunately I didn't see it as I had the dreaded flu. It wasn't seen again for the rest of the week and I thought that I had missed my chance, but on Monday 20th, my first day back birding after recovering from man flu and getting very little sympathy at home, I was at Moor Green Lakes (North West corner of Colebrook Lake North) when the BITTERN suddenly appeared at the waters edge from a sparse patch of reeds. It showed itself very well for about forty minutes or so before retreating back into the reeds. On Tuesday 21st, it was there again in the same location. As I was watching, it caught and ate a very large frog, I don't think I have ever seen a frog that big before. . This was my first BITTERN, I had never seen one before and was one of those birds that I thought would always elude me. Its size and appearance was amazing and its camouflage capability when in amongst the reeds was awesome.
Hi, I'm Roger Milligan. I have been interested in birds since I was a boy growing up in south east London, which was a long time ago. I now live in Farnborough, Hampshire.