Aus Bittern - another close encounter

Subject: Aus Bittern - another close encounter
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 11:27:24 +1000
There have been a few stories about crippling views of Australasian Bitterns
in Victoria over the last month or so - I had mine yesterday.

I was driving from Torquay to Geelong via Breamlea in Victoria.  Near Bancoora
Beach I noticed an egret in the saltmarsh and turned down there for a closer
look.  As I pulled up the (Great) egret took off and flew about 10-15m - landing
almost on top of an Australasian Bittern about 20m from my car!  The bittern
fluffed up & saw the egret off, and then resumed foraging in the open in about
10cm high saltmarsh.  Extraordinary!!  It was later afternoon, but still bright
and sunny, so I had excellent views.

Cheers -- Lawrie

L A W R I E   C O N O L E
2/37 Myrnong Crescent, Ascot Vale, Victoria 3032 AUSTRALIA.
Phone AH (03) 9370 3928; Mobile (0419) 588 993.

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Ecology Australia Pty Ltd
88b Station Street, Fairfield, Victoria 3078 AUSTRALIA
Phone BH (03) 9489 4191

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