Adult Male Least Bittern

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D850
ISO 160
Nearest Area
Gilbert Riparian Preserve
Town
Gilbert
Description
This is an adult male that I have been following since April 2016. He and another male were competing for a female, and this male won out, however the nest failed in 2016. In 2017 the group was back and this individual (whom we have nicknamed "Dad") once again paired up with the female, and the paired raised two broods, one of three and the other of two. They also had two broods in 2018, but this year Dad was late getting back from migration, his female was being wooed by two other males, and she finally gave in to one of them. They started incubating and about 1 week later Dad finally showed up. Poor guy called incessantly for 6 weeks while the new pair incubated and then fledged a brood of three. But the story has a happy ending; once the brood fledged the female went back to Dad. They are incubating a clutch as I write this. This is Dad taking a little preening time - here his is cleaning his bill on his leg. Note the bright red lore from being in breeding mode.
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Date Added
August 5, 2019
Date Taken
June 1, 2019