McKellar Bitterns

To: shorty <>
Subject: McKellar Bitterns
From: Julian Teh <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:40:35 +1000
I don't think so, unfortunately. It looked pretty uniform, and there must have been a fair few swamphens to trample all the reeds in the pond!! Also they didn't look like they'd been bent over, more like cut.

On 18 Jul 2014, at 20:48, shorty wrote:

I don't think they have been cut down, rather been trampled down by Swamphens?

On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 8:38 PM, Julian Teh <> wrote:
I went up to McKellar yesterday for a quick squiz to see if I could spot the Little Bitterns again.
I was very disappointed to see that the reeds have been cut down to about half the height they were when I saw the Little (and Australasian) Bitterns previously - needless to say no bitterns were seen yesterday.

Does anyone know who cut it down, when, or why? The reeds were tall, but not THAT tall... If they were wandering through there cutting stuff down, I'm pretty sure we won't be seeing our little bitterns anymore. I would have thought some consideration would have been taken into account for an endangered species - or were they simply unaware?

Julian Teh
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