Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Least Bittern at Lago de Apanás

Least Bittern

While birding at Lago de Apanás (Jinotega) on August 4, 2014, Georges Duriaux and Liliana Chavarría-Duriaux observed a small heron around 30 cm (12 in) in length which they were able to photograph and identify as a Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis). Although Georges, Lili, and Manfred Bienert had previously reported this species in December 2013 based on hearing its call, this is the first photo-documented report of this species from Lago de Apanás.

Least Bittern

Other birds seen on the same visit included Pinnated Bittern (Botaurus pinnatus), Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) and Ruddy-breasted Seedeater (Sporophila minuta), the latter also representing a first report of this lowland species at Lago de Apanás and at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level.

Pinneated Bittern

A complete list of birds seen by Lili and Georges at Lago de Apanás can be viewed online at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19337248