birding-aus Black Bitterns

To: Bill Jolly <>, "" <>
Subject: birding-aus Black Bitterns
From: morris <>
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 1999 21:10:58 +1100

Hi Birders & Bill,
Bill Jolly in a recent note to Birding Aus, commented that some people
think that Black Bitterns are tropical Australia birds.
I can assure contributors that Queensland does not have a monopoly on
Black Bitterns although I must say that during a mornings trip along
Wyong Creek or Ourimbah Creek, on the NSW Central Coast, I am not likely
to see Black Bitterns like I did on a Chris Dahlberg Cruise in December
1998, when we saw 6 in total on the Daintree River!!.However Black
Bitterns breed along the said creeks and are not difficult to find.
Recently at a NSWFOC outing , we had morning tea near the railway bridge
at Wyong and a Black Bittern flew past for all to see too! Black
Bitterns occur all the way down the NSW coast to the Victorian Border!.

Alan Morris
Records Officer

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