Little Bittern

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Subject: Little Bittern
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2008 17:45:22 +1100

As the water-borne strategy had demonstrated its effectiveness, I was prompted to re-launch after a very long interval the ‘Acrocephalus’, an ancient cut-off Canadian and a rather more stately craft than these tear-ass kayaks so popular among younger people these days.  This afternoon,at the spot mentioned by Julian I found at least one, probably 2, juv LBs, no adults being in evidence.  I shall not inflict a picture on you as Julian’s will be better.   They were seen in a range of situations including in the purple-flowered shrub which Ian told me some years ago is Purple Loosestrife.  He also told me it is a native, which I find confirmed on the ANBG website, although as an introduced weed it has apparently become unwelcomely rampant in N America.


All I can add re the bird is that it gives a soft high-pitched krrrdddl, apparently a warning sound, louder as one approaches.  It has a ventriloquial quality, sometimes appearing to come from a spot a few metres from the bird.  I shall probably not make the effort to get video as the IBC website is well-served with footage from Europe of this widespread species.


From: Marnix Zwankhuizen [
Sent: Saturday, 9 February 2008 1:32 PM
To: COG bird discussions
Subject: [canberrabirds] Little Bittern


I finally caught up with a male Little Bittern by Acacia Inlet this morning at around 10.30am after three failed attempts.

I had fairly good views of the male bird for almost 20 minutes as it preened and moved about atop a reedbed wedged in the corner of the lake shore west of the boat ramp. This was the first male I had ever seen. A beautifully marked bird.


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