Australian Little Bittern in Brisbane

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Subject: Australian Little Bittern in Brisbane
From: robert morris <>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 21:59:19 +0000
Last night I went to check out a report of a male (Australian / Black-backed) 
Little Bittern at Metroplex Wetlands in Brisbane - near the gateway bridge on 
the south side of the river. Having spent hours looking for, and not seeing 
them (at this and other sites) I wasn't hopeful. However, when I got to the 
bridge on Borthwick Ave. (looking south i.e. not towards the Gateway Bridge) a 
male Little Bittern was calling (a kind of soft croaky barking!) away quite 
close by. I spent the next hour until it was dark listening but not seeing him!

This morning however, he was calling as it got light in the same area and at 
5.30 sat on top of the rushes and then flew across the small wetland in typical 
fasion landing and showing briefly before disappearing in more rushes. 30 mins. 
later he was back on top (exactly where he went in) showing for about a minute 
and that was it for the morning (as I had to come into the office). He was in 
bright breeding plumage, and the calling would suggest he's settled in the area.

A Lewin's Rail was calling away this morning (the ticking call) but the water 
levels are such that you'd be lucky to see it. I also had a small crake fly 
across a pond (looked like Spotless but the views were too brief).


Rob Morris  Brisbane, Australia
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