Bittern?

Bittern?

Observation - Bittern? - UK and Ireland. Description: Found this dead bird at our local nature reserve after the thaw. Is it a bittern or something similar, never seen one in the flesh before if it is??Sad it was dead

Found this dead bird at our local nature reserve after the thaw. Is it a bittern or something similar, never seen one in the flesh before if it is??Sad it was dead