Little Bittern, Bundoora, Vic

Subject: Little Bittern, Bundoora, Vic
From: Steve Clark <>
Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2003 17:46:45 +1100
G'day all

I noted with interest that it took Sean Dooley all year to get a Little Bittern ( I hugely enjoyed your exploits, Sean, by the way). My father and I went to Lake Gresswell, Bundoora (northen Melbourne) this morning to look for Blue-billed Ducks (there is a pair nesting at the moment). A local women told us that Little and Australian Bitterns are there at the moment and that she has a Lewin's Rail in her backyard - adjacent to the lake. We were delighted to find a Little Bittern - probably a young bird - sitting in the open on the edge of a reed-bed. After a while it flew across the lake to another small reed patch and disappeared. My second record of this species and dad's first. We also found two Baillon's Crakes.

This lake is in Moonstone Walk, Bundoora (Melways map 19 J5). It is adjacent to the Latrobe University bush reserve and near Gresswell Forest - both excellent birding areas.


Steve Clark
Hamilton, Vic

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