Yellow Bittern in Brisbane.
"Paul Walbridge" <>, <>
Yellow Bittern in Brisbane.
"Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:44:33 +1000
Great record. Congratulations. I understood that there had been an earlier
record of this species on the mainland. Christidis and Boles (2008) list it
as V,CV indicating that it has been recorded as a vagrant in Australia and
also on Christmas Island. I just checked HANZAB and it refers to a
wind-blown immature near Kalgoorlie, WA on 23 January 1967 after cyclone.
Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
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From: Paul Walbridge
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 9:46 AM
Subject: Yellow Bittern in Brisbane.
Hi All, Brian Russell and myself were around the traps on Saturday and
visited a couple of sites around North Lakes. One site where a 'pair' of
Australian Little Bitterns had been present for some time, which neither of
us had been to before, turned upboth birds while we were checking out
several species of honeyeater feeding in a wattle. We managed just a couple
of shots of the Aussie male and several of the female bird which was far
more prone to fly around and its call was different. Shots were sent down
south for analysis and the immediate response was that it was probably a
Yellow Bittern, since confirmed by Davies, Rogers & Carter and an expert
based in Asia. I will now write up and submit the record as the first live
mainland sighting. I have no doubt a few of the local birders have seen this
bird already but anyone else wishing to twitch the bird just send me an
e-mail and I'll give you the street name (North Lakes is a large complex,
which one can easily get lost in!
). The particular lake is also in a rather peaceful section of the complex
and we would expect visiting birders to show some respect for the local
populace. The streets are rather narrow and won't stand up to large numbers
of extra vehicles. Also one would expect observers to keep to the foot paths
and observe the birds from a respectful distance. The actions of a certain
few local 'bird photographers' in particular will be monitored. Enjoy the
bird, one only has to sit down for a while and it shows itself quite
regularly through the day. Cheers - Paul W.
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