Aussie Yellow Bittern

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Subject: Aussie Yellow Bittern
From: Andrew Thelander <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:44:35 +1000
Hi all

Have readers pondered the possibility that the North Lakes Yellow Bittern could 
have been hatched in Australia? According to the Handbook of World Birds, the 
YB extended its breeding range westwards (with the discovery of nests in Egypt 
last year). Could it be that it is also making a southward push? Yes, this is 
100% speculation until evidence of nesting is found here. But northern 
Australia is a big place and possibilities abound.

Regarding behaviour, the Handbook also says that the YB is "mainly crepuscular 
and nocturnal but sometimes active on overcast days."  By all accounts, the 
North Lakes bird does not fit this description as it has been observed being 
very active during the day in full sunlight. If the bird has been active at 
night, who knows how far it has ranged over the local area, perhaps returning 
to roost at Wallaroo Circuit with its substantial reed cover.

Food for thought.


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