I carry the dubious honour of being the last person
in Canberra not to have attempted to see the Little Bitterns. Having got
my life in some sort of order following a stint O/S, I took myself to Acacia
Inlet this afternoon (4:30 to about 5:30pm).
I realised when I got there that I was quite
unclear as to where to look. On the attached image, I did most of my
viewing from point A, scanning what I was able to see between B and C. The
reeds at points F obscured parts of the shore, so I also tried to obserrve from
One viewing I did get from point A was of a
bird flying from B to C about a metre or so above the water. Length and
shape about right and with trailing legs. But it was quite dark and
streaked - no obvious orange from where I was looking. So I don't know
what I saw. It disappeared once it went behind the reeds at F. Too
big and wrong flight for a crake.
Could someone inform me whether I was looking in
the right place and where, relative to the marked points, the birds have been
seen? Point D is what I would call a "boat ramp" that has been referred to
by several people, and E is the pontoon.