Re “Mainly crepuscular and nocturnal”, this may not be the case. I am aware of many observations of them actively feeding during the day (including those made personally). When the South African representative
was studied more closely it turned out to be mainly diurnal. From the discussion in my article on the Australian Little Bittern in CBN Vol 38 No 2:
There are varying views on when ALB is active. Some examples are:
McKilligan (2005)- “usually forages alone at night or at dusk and dawn”.
Marchant and Higgins (1990) - “Active day and night, especially early morning and evening”, “generally considered nocturnal but, when breeding, seen flying over reed beds”.
Birdlife Australia’s web site on the Bittern Project page does not indicate when the bird is active.
Serventy (1985) – “Diurnal or nocturnal (evidence conflicting)”
Sent: Saturday, 5 January 2019 8:55 AM
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Which hide and time of day?
It’s not really my story to tell, Steve, but I’ve seen the male once from the Bittern hide where I believe most of the VERY INTERMITTENT AND FLEETING sightings have been. Shorty saw a juv from Cygnus. As to time, take as a starting point
HANZAB: ‘Mainly crepuscular and nocturnal …’
Among those not having the best of years so far: Australian cricket followers, gardeners, beetle-eating bird species, US govt workers, polar bears.
From: Steve Read <>
Sent: Thursday, 3 January 2019 3:59 PM
To: 'Cog line' <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Which hide and time of day?
Having just returned to Canberra after eight days in the Victorian forests without email or internet, I haven’t read all the chatline emails or eBIrd entries about our Little Bittern(s). Can someone please enlighten me as to which hide
at the Jerra Wetlands, and which hour of the day, provide the highest viewing probability?
Happy New Year to everyone, by the way