Little Bittern again at Bundoora, Melbourne Vic

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Subject: Little Bittern again at Bundoora, Melbourne Vic
From: "Rohan Clarke" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 09:16:52 +1000
Hi all,
Yesterday evening from about 5:45 pm through till dusk I watched a male little 
bittern on the small ponds beside Moonstone Walk, Bundoora (Melb. Vic. Melways 
map 19 J5). Initially it was seen foraging amongst the reeds on the far 
left-hand corner of the left-hand lake where it caught a large yabby. Then over 
the following hour it travelled the length of the lake working its way along 
the front of each reed patch with short flights across each section of open 
water. It arrived at the far right-hand patch of reeds towards sunset where it 
sat on the top in full view. It was still preening there when I left. All 
observations were made from near the small gazebo next to Moonstone walk. Also 
present was a (long staying?) male Blue-billed Duck. Chestnut teal and Wood 
duck had young while Dusky Moorhen and Purple swamphen could be seen sitting on 

As with suggestions in previous years if you make a visit to see Little 
Bittern(s?) here stay on the Moonstone Walk side of the lakes and do not make 
any attempt to flush birds from the reeds. With patience they will appear. This 
is the third year in a row that the species has been reported to Birding-aus 
from this location and it would seem likely that the species is breeding here 
again (as long as a female is present!). I'm sure it wouldn't take much to put 
these birds off if people are tramping around the lake edge and reeds on the 
far side. Also be considerate of the residents in Moonstone Walk. This is a 
short narrow dead-end street and if there are already few cars parked there it 
might be better to park out in Grange Bvd and walk the 50+ m to the gazebo.


Dr Rohan Clarke
Threatened Mallee Bird Project
Zoology Department
La Trobe University
Bundoora 3086
Ph: 03 9479 1672 Mobile 0408 947001

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