This is a pretty inaccessible area but I managed to get close enough to fire a few rounds off while literally lying on the leaves and snow to keep myself out of sight of this extremely shy and elusive bird.
I must have watched it for a good thirty to thirty five minutes during which time it hardly moved, for the most part it kept to the sky watching pose which is so associated with the Bittern. It almost looked as if it was watching the planes and other birds fly over.
As you can see above it was twice visited by small parties of ducks and on two occasions a Heron flew in close by where it was standing on the reeds. But each time a visitor arrived the Bittern took absolutely no notice, giving the impression that it was too busy to look and was also way above such goings on, aloof almost.
By the time i'd finished I was cold and stiff after staying still for so long, much of the time having to shoot with one hand while I held back the undergrowth with the other, but I was really pleased to have seen the bird and got the shots. I was also pleased that I hadn't disturbed it, it was unaware of my presence and I left it exactly as I'd found it.