Bittern bonanza

20 January 2010 The icy weather has brought with it a flurry of sightings of bitterns on the main pit at Roswell. The owner has long maintained his pit isn’t important for these birds, but as many people have said, the fact that it’s deeper than the Queen Adelaide pits means that during really cold spells it can still offer vital, ice-free fishing spots. Bitterns were seen there almost daily for the first 10 days of 2010.

Local photographer Chris Hughes took these extraordinary pictures, while bird artist Ben Green got remarkable footage of a bird crossing the open ice on the pit. Do let us know if you see bitterns (lcpre@elywildspace.org.uk), but please don’t approach the birds, as they are especially sensitive to disturbance when food is in such short supply.