While doing my regular bush walk from the Warragal
Road entrance, to the Troon Place entrance of the Sheldon Forest Track in Pymble
in Sydneys North Shore,
I was just about at the end the walk when a
man came up and told me that he had seen a rather large brown bird sitting
next to the creek.
I investigated and eventually found the bird, it
was a juvenile Black Bittern and was standing upright
on the branch of a small wattle and being harrasssed by a
It was a rather dark scaly brown in
colour with buff streaks from chin down its breast and those two conspicous bold
stripes that go from below the cheek
The bird did not make a noise.
I walked on and when I came back the bird had
The Bittern was seen between the Troon Place start
of the Sheldon Forest Track and the wooden footbridge crossing the creek- the
reedy areas along this creek are probably the best bets if you would like
to see this bird.