Re: NSW - Little Bittern at East Lakes, Sydney

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Subject: Re: NSW - Little Bittern at East Lakes, Sydney
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 21:07:46 +1000
David Mitford advised me that the Little Bittern at East Lakes was
showing very well this evening for at least 6 observers. Also seen was a
Lewin's Rail, 3 Baillon's Crake and at least 15 Latham's Snipe.
Apparantly it was seen my another observer on Monday before Davi had
seen it yesterday and I confirmed the sighting from seeing the
photograph that observer took. I was looking at this very spot myself
last Sunday but did not see it (I was anticipating one to be there again
before these sightings).

Edwin Vella

-----Original Message-----
From: Edwin Vella  
Sent: Wednesday, 18 October 2006 4:20 PM
To: Birding-aus
Subject: NSW - Little Bittern at East Lakes, Sydney

David Mitford has advised me that he saw a male Little Bittern at about
6 pm this evening at the East Lakes Golf Course in Sydney. It was at the
southern end of the pond closest to Martin and Donaldson Streets
Pagewood. It was seen on the reed bed edge visible from the causeway
here. This is the same pond where the Yellow Wagtail was seen a few
years ago and where these and Brown Bitterns have also turned up.

Though Little Bitterns probably turn up in these places each year, there
appears to be a coincidence that they are more often seen during the
drought years in Sydney and I would not be surprised if a few more of
these stunning birds will be reported over the next few months.

Edwin Vella


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