Little Bittern still at Audley

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Subject: Little Bittern still at Audley
From: "Michael J Hunter" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 20:14:52 +1100
Although the weather was overcast and windy, yesterday I eventually got
excellent scope views of the Little Bittern in the thickest clump of reeds
on the east side of Audley Weir, from the picnic table opposite, having
spent a fruitless half hour scanning with binoculars from every vantage
point. It was foraging at water-level behind the outer-most reeds and easily
identifiable, but then climbed, very clumsily,  to the top of some thicker
stems like an oversized Reed-Warbler, twice jabbing at insects. It was a
male, at one point had an altercation with a Moorhen and moved very fast up
a stem then turned back a threatening bill until the Moorhen left.
Michael Hunter
Mulgoa Valley
50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge

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