Aust Bittern Ash Island.

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Subject: Aust Bittern Ash Island.
From: "Allan Benson" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 18:18:27 +1000
I saw the Australian Bittern that has been sighted regularly at Ash Island (near Newcastle) today 1/10/01.  I flushed in the extreme northeast corner of the Swan Pond. It flew from the reeds near the road near the railway line into the grass on the opposite of the small deep pond.
Other birds of interest were:
Bar shouldered Dove
White Fronted Chat
Marsh Sandpiper
Eastern Curlew
and one Red -Necked Stint which tried very hard to be something more interesting. It is difficult this time of year when the waders are in transition between breeding and non-breeding plumage.
Allan Benson
Niagara Park
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