"'COG bird discussions'" <>
"Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Mon, 11 Feb 2008 21:21:34 +1100
I have seen a juv at the points marked by the 5 yellow stars and
glimpsed a probable adult male at the point marked by the violet star
From: David Rosalky [
Sent: Monday, 11 February 2008 6:36 PM
To: COG bird discussions
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Little Bittern
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).
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 point C.
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.
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.
Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February
09, 2008 1:32 PM
I finally caught up with a male
Little Bittern by Acacia Inlet this morning at around 10.30am after three
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
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