RFI: Black Bitterns

Subject: RFI: Black Bitterns
From: "Martin O'Brien" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 1997 10:35:17 -0812 (utc)
I am researching the status of this rare bittern in Victoria and am keen to 
here of 
all sightings birdo's have had of the species.

The available information shows Black Bitterns have only been recorded in far 
East Gippsland.  There is a single record of the species for a one DEGREE 
block which may include Victoria, prior to 1900.  All other records (ten!) are 
1977 and of reasonable accuracy for the site to be determined.

If you have any experience with the species in any State I am keen to hear 
it!  Anyone been holidaying at Mallacoota in the past few years?
Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Policy Officer
Flora and Fauna Branch
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
GPO Box 41
East Melbourne,  3002
Tel: +61 3  9412 4273
Fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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