Please can anyone confirm this is a juvenile Little Bittern?
I saw the bird yesterday on my local patch, in the reed bed surrounding the percolation pond in Dhahran Saudi Arabia. If it is a juvenile, as I think, then there is a good chance this bird has been bred here as I imagine it is still early for juveniles to be dispersing from their regular breeding areas. The species is a regular breeder in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, in the right habitat, but has not been recorded breeding in Dhahran camp before, hence my request for confirmation of the age.
There are more photographs at www.birdsofsaudiarabia.com including an adult female. Unfortunately I do not have photographs side on to show the wing panel properly and I did not flush the bird as I did not want to disturb it.
Also does anyone know when Little Bittern disperse from their normal breeding areas?