A photographer is challenging people to ‘spot the birdie’ in these pictures she took in India, which shows a yellow bittern hiding in plain sight.
The small heron was spotted wading in the brackish expanses of Chilika Lake, the second largest coastal lagoon in the world.
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.
Neha Sinha almost paddled straight past the sneaky feathered creature while on a trip to the vast marshy area.
The 34-year-old 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."
Neha took the pictures near the village of Mangalajodi using her Nikon P900, while passing on a small rowing boat on the water.
She said: "Mangalajodi has a successful community eco tourism model.
"This is meant to be low-impact, which means that small boats are rowed manually.
"Such a small boat can’t really stop – it is always rocking.
"You have to take your shots under these conditions, and the heat is intense.
"Eco tourism rules also say that boats can’t be in one place for long, that they can’t line up one after the other, so if you’ve found a bird, you should be quick on the uptake.
"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."
Chilika Lake covers over 1100 sq km, and known as the second largest lagoon in the world.
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