It’s a bittern difficult to spot: Small yellow heron hides among the reeds in India

A small bittern is hiding in plain sight in this picture taken in India.  

The yellow heron was spotted wading in the swampy expanses of India’s Chilika Lake, the second largest coastal lagoon in the world.

Photographer Neha Sinha is challenging people to ‘spot the birdie’ in the picture.  

Scroll down for the answer 

Can you see it? A yellow bittern hides among the reeds in a swampy landscape in India. Scroll down for the answer 

Can you see it? A yellow bittern hides among the reeds in a swampy landscape in India. Scroll down for the answer 

Can you see it? A yellow bittern hides among the reeds in a swampy landscape in India. Scroll down for the answer 

The slender bird has evolved so well to its environment that it can easily be missed among the thousands of dry reed shoots surrounding it. 

Ms Sinha, a conservation biologist from India, said: ‘The bird was so incredibly camouflaged, a work of art really. Bitterns have a survival tactic of staying very still.

‘It was so still that I was pinching myself to believe it was really a bird and not a reed I was looking at.

‘It has evolved to be in this reedy, swampy landscape mostly undetected.’ 

She took the pictures near the village of Mangalajodi while passing on a small rowing boat on the water. 

The 34-year-old continued: ‘Mangalajodi has a succesful community eco tourism model. This is meant to be low-impact, which means that small boats are rowed manually. 

‘You have to take your shots under these conditions, and the heat is intense.All of this is to avoid disturbance to the birds as they rest, feed and forage.

‘These are great rules, and they shouldn’t change; the photographer should adapt.’ 

Revealed: The bittern is hiding in the foreground of the picture. The slender bird has evolved so well to its environment that it can easily be missed among the thousands of dry reed shoots surrounding it

Revealed: The bittern is hiding in the foreground of the picture. The slender bird has evolved so well to its environment that it can easily be missed among the thousands of dry reed shoots surrounding it

Revealed: The bittern is hiding in the foreground of the picture. The slender bird has evolved so well to its environment that it can easily be missed among the thousands of dry reed shoots surrounding it

Close-up: A beautiful shot of the bird, taken near the village of Mangalajodi while the photographer was passing on a small rowing boat on the water 

Close-up: A beautiful shot of the bird, taken near the village of Mangalajodi while the photographer was passing on a small rowing boat on the water 

Close-up: A beautiful shot of the bird, taken near the village of Mangalajodi while the photographer was passing on a small rowing boat on the water 

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