Black Bitterns, Nowra

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Subject: Black Bitterns, Nowra
From: "Bob Ashford" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 19:34:27 +1100
Hi Folks

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!

Bob Ashford

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