Little bittern

To: "Andrew Cockburn" <>
Subject: Little bittern
From: "martin butterfield" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:33:12 +1100
I do not believe it.  After getting up semi-early and driving in (thus missing Sandra's sighting by about 20 minutes) and spending an hour and a half there this happens just after I leave.  Was the bird watching and waiting for me to leave? 
Alternatively, I did see a lot of carp in the shallows: are you sure it wasn't a leaping fish? 
Actually the morning was pleasant, spent discussing the sins of Palerang Council with fellow residents as well as searching for non-existent bitterns.  We did see: a nice flight of Little Corellas coming out of the pines; an Australian Hobby sitting in a tree (probably looking at the cavorting flock of nitterns in the reeds) , a Dollarbird (with its back to Lake - undoubtedly bored with the antics of the Little Bittern hordes), and Dusky Woodswallows.  We heard a couple of Little Grassbirds (Little Bitterns don't have a 3-note whistling call do they?).
Grrr.  I'll be back on Sunday.

On Jan 24, 2008 10:14 AM, Andrew Cockburn <> wrote:

The male just (10am) flew slowly round the point in bright sunshine
to the reeds below Lady Denman Drive and the road works (to the right
of the large tortoise obvious from the bike track). brilliant views
with sun full on the bird.

Apologies to the various souls who left just before this happened. My
first lifer in Oz in two years!!

Cheers, Andrew Cockburn

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