Little Bittern and more at Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane

Subject: Little Bittern and more at Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 09:26:23 +1100

I was amazed: not only was this the second time I've seen the bird in barely over a week and the first time I've seen it away from Sherwood Arboretum (where I had also notoriously dipped on the birds so often before), but the location was so unexpected and the apparently suitable habitat so small. If they can be in places like this, I wonder just how common the birds really are.

I too wondered this after seeing Little Bittern at Audley weir in Royal NP. The area of reeds there is so small not even Reed-Warblers are present. I think inaccessability to habitat, as well as the cryptic nature of the bird, makes it appear far rarer than it actually is.

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