Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Little Bittern

To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Little Bittern
From: shorty <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2019 23:57:23 +0000
A female just seen from Cygnus hide.


On Wed, 2 Jan 2019, 09:09 Geoffrey Dabb, <> wrote:

Alan is a treasure.  So far as I know, no female (red-brown back) has been reported this time.  Is only a black-backed bird being seen? Photo below for comparison from Nov 2012, when only a brown-backed bird was recorded.  Shorty’s intervening obs were of a male, as I recall.  Please correct me.



From: Martin Butterfield <>
Sent: Wednesday, 2 January 2019 8:42 AM
To: shorty <>
Cc: COG Chat <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Little Bittern


Carrying food is a breeding code!





On Wed, 2 Jan 2019 at 08:40, shorty <> wrote:

Hi all,


I got to see the Bittern this morning with thanks to Alan (last name?) coming up to Cygnas Hide to alert us. On the way back to Bittern Hide Alan commented that the Bittern was coming out to the edge of the reeds, grabing some unknown prey and returning into the reeds with the prey and returning back out to the edge shortly after to get more prey. We also noted this several times while watching it. 


Possable nest or young inside the reeds?




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