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: L&L Knight <>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 20:37:52 +1000
OK, hands up.  Who smuggled the Pond Heron to the mainland?

;) Laurie.

On 29/03/2008, at 7:55 PM, R Clarke wrote:

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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