Pond-Heron update

To: "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Pond-Heron update
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 13:37:34 +1100
Is everone else getting multiple copies of this email, or is it just me?  I've 
had 32 so far.

Peter Shute

 wrote on Thursday, 1 January 1970 11:08 AM:

> There may be a problem with the B Aus server - this is a message
> Andrew Stafford tried to send the other day.
> Regards, Laurie.
> Begin forwarded message:
>> No, I didn't accidentally send anything without content. Something to
>> do with the birding-aus server as many other posters/messages are
>> suffering the same fate. This is what I wrote - you can attempt to
>> forward it back to birding-aus if you like, thanks!
>> Hi all,
>> Good news and bad news for those intending to twitch the Javan
>> Pond-Heron. After putting in an appearance late yesterday following a
>> major downpour (thanks to Sean Dooley for getting the message out),
>> the bird was in great form early this morning at dawn from about 6.45
>> am, feeding actively around the fresh water and looking healthy. At
>> one point the bird jumped into the top of a pandanus and sat with
>> its neck outstretched, dark monsoonal clouds behind but the sun
>> radiating over the bird.
>> Twelve hours later, the picture was far less pretty. A hot dry day
>> combined with a steady stream of trail-bikers and 4WDs had dried,
>> displaced and muddied much of the surface water and of course sent
>> the bird packing. The sorry tale was completed just before 7 pm when
>> a large 4WD hesitated before the only patch of water left for the
>> bird, ploughed in and promptly bogged itself over its axles. After
>> digging itself in deeply, one of the lads inside hopped out and
>> sheepishly asked some very unimpressed birders if we could help pull
>> them out! We declined and the job was left to a fisherman who was
>> preparing to tow them out when I left.
>> Hoping for some overnight rain and a quiet Sunday morning will bring
>> the bird back. More reports as they come to hand.
>> Cheers, Andrew
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