Little Bittern? and Koel

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Subject: Little Bittern? and Koel
From: "David Rosalky" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 20:05:21 +1100
After two hours staring at reeds unsuccessfully in the spots where most people have had views of the Little Bitterns, (Geoffrey Dabb's various stars), I headed for the car dejected and frustrated. As I was passing the very spot where I was watching on Tuesday evening, I had one last sweep of the reeds at the head of Acacia Inlet. The adult male was clinging to a reed staring into the water. I had great views over the next fifteen minutes (7:35pm to 7:50pm) as he made his way slowly to the left (towards Glenloch Interchange). He even gave me a great view of his catching prey as he snapped his bill into water from a position about twenty centimetres above the water. He stretched between patches of reeds sometimes stepping from reed to reed but also taking short flights to bridge the gaps. The stretches gave excellent views of the bird side-on - most views were of bits of the bird between reeds.

The viewing position was at the western end of the boom at the head of the inlet at about position C on the map being circulated. So the reed patch was the same as that observed by Jochen Brocks this morning. It would appear that both adults frequent this site.

Lots of Clamorous Reed-warblers. One caught a dragon-fly and flew around for sometime displaying the catch, sometimes being chased by other CRWs.

David Rosalky

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