Aust Bittern

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Subject: Aust Bittern
From: "Lynn Jenkin" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001 18:36:29 +1000
Hi again
This was definitely a first for me. Had really good views of the Australasian Bittern that has been seen recently on Ash Island, Newcastle. Watched it for about 2 minutes, from the car. It "froze", wandered through the fairly open water, froze again and then finally flew off. I managed to get some reasonable video footage even if it was a bit shaky. Probably a combination of excitement and filming through a dirty windscreen trying to focus. As is often the case, the bird books don't seem to do the colours justice. It was quiet striking in its black streaking and the buff portions seemed almost yellow in colour. It was 9 A.M. and the lighting was good. Other highlights included a male Musk Duck, a few Australasian Shoveller and several Red necked Avocets.
Dick Jenkin ( Dungog NSW )   
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