in flight; large light wing patch; brown-streaked back (Spain; 2006-06-10)

Little Bittern
Ixobrychus minutus

Native Range: Eurasia, Africa, Australia, and Oriental Region

Notes: this widespread species is the Old World counterpart of North America's Least Bittern; a good field mark is a large light wing patch, most evident in flight; skulks in reeds where it usually remains well hidden.