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Black Bitterns, Nowra
"Bob Ashford" <>
Tue, 10 Feb 2009 19:34:27 +1100
Following Nigel Jackett's discovery on Sunday 8th Feb (I think) of a Black
Bittern I went back to Bens Walk today and discovered two.
I accesses via Depot Farm Picnic Area (via Yalwal Rd). and walked around the
top end back to the footbrdge. As I approached the bridge one flew along the
creek to land fairly high in a tree on the bank, probably 8 metrets above the
water. I had excellent views, the best Ive ever had of a BB. And then another
flew in to join the first!
I watched them for a few minutes and as I moved to get a differebnt view they
flew toward the house (away from the Showground) to a small dam where there are
plenty of trees and I lost them.
As I crossed the bridge some 5 mins later one flew back to the creek but
continued to fly and land very high in a eucalypt, I would estimate 15 mtrs up
the tree. I was watching it when the second flew out of some riverbak trees to
join the first again.
All very exciting for me! Plus a couple of Rock Warblers on the walk. Many
thanks to Nigel for alerting us. His mother Carla saw it/them about the time I
was there though we didnt see each other!
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