Re: birding-aus Bitterns/ Federal Highway NSW

To: Russell <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Bitterns/ Federal Highway NSW
From: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 09:27:07 +1100
>For those who may be passing Roses Lagoon on the Federal Highway between
>Collector and Goulbourn I spent from 18:00 to 18:20 last evening recording
>birds.  During this time i was blessed with 3 differnet flight views of
>Australian Bittern.  Two  views were of single birds and one was of 2
>birds..... as far as I could tell (from distance beteen origin) this
>involved a total of 4 birds.  Clearly, the chances of seeing a bittern here
>are very good at present.  Several times last summer I saw birds foraging
>in short vegatation so with a telescope and some patience extremely good
>views are possible.
>Dr.P.J. Milburn
>Biomolecular Resource Facility
>The Australian National University
>GPO Box 334 Canberra ACT 0200  AUSTRALIA
>Phone No.  <61> <2> 6249 4326
>Fax No.    <61> <2> 6249 4326
>E-mail Address  

I've also seen 3 different Aust.Bitterns in flight over this lagoon, plus 2
pairs of Swamp Harriers, one of which appeared to be nesting in the reeds
as it took off from one spot, and returned to it, disturbing another
harrier.  It's a good spot to stop before you do the final leg to Canberra
from Sydney as has toilet and seats and is seldom very busy.

Happy  Christmas to all birding-aussers and a great new year - wait for
next Dec 31s for the Millennium!

Penny Drake-Brockman, Examination Recitals Co-ordinator, Sydney
Conservatorium of Music.
Tel: 02 9351 1254.
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