Yellow Bittern Hysteria (continued)

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Subject: Yellow Bittern Hysteria (continued)
From: brendan cook <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:37:47 +0930
This online community is a terrific vehicle for assisting birders in what they 
most love doing: watching and photographing birds. Especially when something 
special comes along like the Brisbane Yellow Bittern. My view is that the other 
side of this communications ‘coin’ is the unfortunate tendency of a small 
number of members to seize upon opportunities to present a ‘holier than thou’ 
innuendos or outright lectures relating to the perceived atrocities of others. 
The usual calls to arms relate to perceptions of unduly stressing birds to 
trampling private property. The call for ‘name and shame!’ rattles often from 
these contributors, and yet I can’t help but wonder if such posts at times more 
adequately present the thought-processes of the accusers than the reported 


I’d like to see a broadening of the participation base on this site – and am 
certain that a reduction in negative postings about ‘them’ – whomever the 
latest ‘them’ might be, would likey contribute to this.


I’ve been to the Yellow Bittern site at Wallaroo Circuit, where the two small 
bitterns have been in attendance for (at least) months, and am aware of the 
geographical nature of this public park, in that it would be very difficult to 
imagine that any effort, short of wading out to the reed-bed covered 
central-island that could cause evacuation by the two currently resident 
bitterns. I would like to hear the views of real birders who were ‘really’ on 
site in recent days, rather than reports from those who ‘have it on good 
advice’. I understand that a dozen or so birders successfully watched both the 
Yellow Bittern and the Little Bittern this morning without incident. How about 
an update?

Brendan Cook

(named but not shamed)

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