Yellow Bittern in Brisbane.

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Subject: Yellow Bittern in Brisbane.
From: Paul Walbridge <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:46:50 +1000
Hi All, Brian Russell and myself were around the traps on Saturday and visited 
a couple of sites around North Lakes. One site where a 'pair' of Australian 
Little Bitterns had been present for some time, which neither of us had been to 
before, turned upboth birds while we were checking out several species of 
honeyeater feeding in a wattle. We managed just a couple of shots of the Aussie 
male and several of the female bird which was far more prone to fly around and 
its call was different. Shots were sent down south for analysis and the 
immediate response was that it was probably a Yellow Bittern, since confirmed 
by Davies, Rogers & Carter and an expert based in Asia. I will now write up and 
submit the record as the first live mainland sighting. I have no doubt a few of 
the local birders have seen this bird already but anyone else wishing to twitch 
the bird just send me an e-mail and I'll give you the street name (North Lakes 
is a large complex, which one can easily get lost in). The particular lake is 
also in a rather peaceful section of the complex and we would expect visiting 
birders to show some respect for the local populace. The streets are rather 
narrow and won't stand up to large numbers of extra vehicles. Also one would 
expect observers to keep to the foot paths and observe the birds from a 
respectful distance. The actions of a certain few local 'bird photographers' in 
particular will be monitored. Enjoy the bird, one only has to sit down for a 
while and it shows itself quite regularly through the day. Cheers - Paul W.

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