Black Bitterns

Subject: Black Bitterns
From: allan benson <>
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2000 20:57:17 -0800
There seems to a few mentions of Black Bitterns recently. In my opinion
the easiest way to see a Black Bittern is from a boat. Almost invariably
your first sight of the Bittern is when it is flushed. If you are on
land this only provides a few seconds view as it disappears up or down
the river as the view is obscured by trees.

>From a boat when you flush the bird at least you get a much longer view
as it flies and you have the opportunity to see where it lands and sneak
up for a better view. 

Chris Dahlberg's boat trip on the Daintree River almost always produces
Black Bitterns at the right time of year. We saw 5 in December 1998. We
had Black Bitterns 3 times from 3 trips from a canoe in Ourimbah Creek
on the Central Coast and I'm sure you would get a similar result at any
location where the bittern is seen on a regular basis such as Mitchell
Park at Cattai near Sydney or Wyong Creek on the Central Coast. 

Allan Benson
8 Sherston Close Niagara Park NSW Australia 
Phone  61-243- 627189

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