Little Bittern? and Koel

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Subject: Little Bittern? and Koel
From: "Michael & Janette Lenz" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 16:09:08 +1100
The Ainslie Koel has also been active without interruption at least until today, on Sunday it spent twice in the day some time in our GBS site, incl. long periods sitting quietly in a large oak tree.

This afternoon great views of a male adult Little Bittern about 10m off the cycle path . In the map that Julian and others had attached to their messages the spot is in the small bay to the right of F, in the narrow strip of cumbungi (c) bordering the bay. The level of camouflage was amazing. At first it looked as if a (c) head had broken off and was leaning against the lower end of a stand of (c), this impression was of course formed by the dark wing of the bittern. The bird was visible only from certain angles. Later it moved in to the top of the (c) and flew off deeper into the vegetation, showing briefly, but clearly its wing markings.

In the same area I had a couple of weeks ago 2 birds. In other words, bitterns can be encountered anywhere at Acacia Inlet. It pays to scan the outer edges of the (c) for sitting birds.

Michael Lenz

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