Yellow Bittern Hysteria (continued)

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Subject: Yellow Bittern Hysteria (continued)
From: "Judy Leitch" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:44:14 +1000
Many thanks to Paul Walbridge for his posting. His prompt reply to my email 
requesting directions, meant I was watching both the Yellow and Black-backed 
Bitterns within an hour of reading his email!
The traffic up to North Lakes can be a nightmare for an early morning birding 
trip, so it was great to leave home at mid-day and strike no traffic from the 
Gold Coast to North Lakes.

All the birders present on Tuesday thoroughly enjoyed the ease with which we 
were able to view and photograph both birds on a sunny winters afternoon in 


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David Taylor
Sent: Sunday, 13 July 2014 3:19 PM
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Yellow Bittern Hysteria (continued)

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absolutely spot on Brendan and Laurie!!!! 

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> On 13 Jul 2014, at 10:07 am, brendan cook <> wrote:
> 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 atrocities.
> 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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