First 'live' record.
The other 2 records on the mainland were found dead.
> To: ;
> Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:44:33 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Yellow Bittern in Brisbane.
> Hi Paul,
> 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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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Walbridge
> Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 9:46 AM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] 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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