Andrew Thelander <>
Aussie Yellow Bittern
Carl Clifford <>
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:48:05 +1000
An excellent hypothesis. Cinnamon Bitterns can travel long distances, with
birds from Central China migrating as far as Nusa Tenggara and PNG. The idea
that they can hop over from Indonesia or PNG is not that far fetched.
What with their secretive nature and the low ratio of birders to the Km2 in
Aus, i would not be surprised if there are more CBs lurking in our northern
wetlands. Who knows, some of it's Cinnamon brethren may follow.
> On 13 Jul 2014, at 10:44, Andrew Thelander <> wrote:
> 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
> Food for thought.
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