Chinese Pond Heron near Broome WA - First Mainland Australian Record

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Subject: Chinese Pond Heron near Broome WA - First Mainland Australian Record
From: R Clarke <>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 20:55:48 +1100
Hi All,
This morning  (Sat 29 March 2008) Rob Berry and Gail D'Alton found a Chinese 
Pond Heron at a freshwater wetland some 20 km out of Broome, north-west Western 
Australia. It is in partial breeding plumage and I understand there is a good 
photographic record. The bird has since been seen by Chris Hassell, Adrian 
Boyle and Broome Bird Observatory staff. Any additional news will be posted 
when it comes to hand.
This is the first mainland record of Chinese Pond Heron and follows on from one 
on Christmas Island earlier this month and one on Cocos Keeling Islands in May 
2006. In March 2007 Australia's first Javan Pond Heron was found in Darwin. 
Autumn/late Wet Season is clearly a good time for pond herons in Australia!
Rohan Clarke
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