A friend who is not on the net asked me to post this to
Birding-Aus, Marleen is a very good birder and a long time member and committee
member of the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club (TOWNBOC).
From: Marleen Acton
An Australian Bittern was sighted at the Ross
River Bush Garden at the bottom of Thompson Street, Mundingburra, Townsville, on
the Morning of 17th May while doing the regular TOWNBOC monthly survey.
Those in attendance were Marleen Acton, Rosemary Payet, Roy Heaslip and Steven
Guerrato. The day was sunny and visibility was good.
The bird was flushed from reeds above Aplin's
Weir and flew away from use, the bird flew lazily to the other side of a small
inlet with 2-3 flaps of its wings and appeared to glide about 50-60 metres
barely clearing the top of the vegetation before turning towards us and dropping
to the waters edge and disappearing from view.
The wings had the tips and
trailing edge dark chocolate brown the rest was mottled brown-black-rufous-gold
combination. The buff rump, large olive coloured legs and light yellow under
foot being visible while the bird flew away from us. The large light buff
earpatch, yellow eye, lower yellow mandible and white under chin was visible
when the bird turned towards us.
White-throated Nightjars in the Townsville Railway
This year the first White-throated Nightjars arrived in
the Townsville Railway shed on the 17th March.
There were three. As in previous years
they perched in the rafters. The night watchman observed them flying
out and hawking for moths. They stayed for three days and in the following
days others came and went. The largest number on any day was ten on the
10th April, they were the last and were all gone the next day. We
only had one fatality this year in previous years up to two thirds of the birds
have died through starvation and exhaustion.
Birds & Bush
PO Box 6037, TMC, Townsville, Qld, Australia.
Phone/Fax: 07 4721 6489
International: + 61 7 4721 6489
To a man ornithologists are tall, slender, and
that they can stand motionless for hours, imitating kindly
trees, as they watch for birds.