Hi Birding-aussers, went to Sherwood Arboretum (Brisbane)
today to look for Little Bittern with Chris Barnes and Brian Russel who both
needed it. Well, it would appear that there is a pair present as we found a male
(a female reported earlier), which eventually came out to feed in the open in
the rain. Funnily enough it was in the exact same spot as the last one I saw
there nine years ago.
Precise directions are; drive down Sherwood Road, turn right
into Dewar Terrace then turn left into Dunella Street. Park at the bottom of the
cul de sac, look left along the island about 20 metres and locate a tall dead
Melaleuca stump, search thoroughly at base of Bullrushes, to the right. It may
take some time as these birds are incredibly cryptic, I located this motionless
bird by it's eye and bill! Once used to our presence it started to move about
and feed. If it is raining and you don't want to get wet like we did then just
wind down a window and scan from the car - it's that close!
Other interesting birds seen during the morning before the
change came and literally blew the rain away:
Two Spotless Crakes at Pine Rivers Park (Strathpine) and a
lovely male White-winged Triller in a paddock behind the Samford Cemetary.
Cheers - Paul Walbridge.
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