Yellow Bittern in Brisbane.

To: Paul Walbridge <>, "" <>
Subject: Yellow Bittern in Brisbane.
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 01:57:40 +0000
Hi all,

Four of us spent the early morning (8th July) at the site. The bittern is
still there and put on a great show for us.


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On 8/07/14 9:46 AM, "Paul Walbridge" <>

>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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