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The Eurasian Bitterns breed on the Atlantic coast of Europe, in the Mediterranean and in South Africa are largely sedentary due to the relatively mild winters (although they may make local dispersive movements related to rainfall). Continental populations are mainly migratory however with a marked post-breeding dispersal of immatures. The species breeds from March to June in Eurasia and during the rains from September to January in South Africa.

The species avoids saline waters but is abundant in fresh or brackish habitats. They feed on fish, frogs, small mammals and insects.

Its folk names include "barrel-maker", "bog-bull", "bog hen", "bog-trotter", and "butterbump", mire drum, mostly refer to the mating call of the male, which is a deep fog-horn or bull-like boom, easily audible from a distance of 2 miles on a calm night.

If a bittern senses that it has been seen, it becomes motionless, with its bill pointed upward, causing it to blend into the reeds. It is most active at dawn and dusk.

Rendered in Vue 7.5i with no postwork. Models: Eurasian Bittern of Shorebirds Volume II(me)
November 1, 2009
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Nov 1, 2009 9:21:19 pm
Great work with the birds, good poses, excellent render!

by tstray1 Homepage »

Nov 1, 2009 9:46:46 pm
fabulous grasses in the back ground well done Ken excellent

by kelvinhughes Homepage »

Nov 1, 2009 10:37:17 pm
wonderful scene!!!

by bimm3d Homepage »

Nov 2, 2009 12:25:54 am
Lovely birds and render!

by Kerya Homepage »

Nov 2, 2009 5:03:54 am
This is an amazing set of birds - awesome work!

by jgmart Homepage »

Nov 2, 2009 5:24:35 am
wonderful and realistic scene, excellent

by Tracesl Homepage »

Nov 2, 2009 6:35:00 am
Excellent image!

by SIGMAWORLD Homepage »

Nov 2, 2009 9:49:35 am
Marvelously realistic!

by Flint_Hawk Homepage »

Nov 2, 2009 12:46:46 pm
Wow.........fantastic render...!!!!

by violet Homepage »

Nov 2, 2009 2:28:36 pm
Rarely spotted in real life, these digital ones are more handy ;)
Well done. 5*

by bigbraader Homepage »

Nov 3, 2009 7:31:45 am
Excellent creative and very realistic artwork, hugs Jane xx

by JaneEden Homepage »

Nov 3, 2009 10:48:34 pm
Everything about this image is absolutely outstanding! Fantastic models, realistic scene composition and perfect point of view! The educational fun-facts are icing on the cake. Consider me a huge fan!

by artrager Homepage »

Nov 4, 2009 8:33:33 am
Great job Ken. :) I love the facts you always add. Very educational. Wonderful scene. :)

by katibabi Online Now!   Homepage »

Nov 4, 2009 10:23:43 am
Shades of Audobon.

by pixeltek Homepage »

Nov 5, 2009 6:16:24 pm

by MOSKETON Homepage »

Nov 6, 2009 7:21:27 pm
Splendid wildlife scene! Very well done!

by Stardust_Crossing Homepage »

Nov 8, 2009 7:29:23 pm
A super scene with wonderful details that look superb in zoom.

by npauling Homepage »

Feb 13, 2010 9:39:34 pm
Excellent work!

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