15 comments on “Silently, Surreptitiously and Stealthily – The Australasian Bittern

  1. Congratulations on adding this lifer, Ashley, so exciting! And WOW spectacular shots! You are spot-on on this ‘stealth moving’ species. Our two Bitterns (“American Bittern” that looks similar to yours & “Least Bittern”) have both eluded me to capture a viable ID shot, so I still am trying to ‘add’ them to my lifer list. 🙂

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  2. Great photos Ashley and congratulations on another lifer. I’ve heard this bird is also called the Bunyip bird because of the sounds it makes. I’ve yet to see one of these birds so will keep my eyes peeled. Have a great weekend!

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    • Thanks Sue, Hope you get to see one down there in all those reeds at the Tamar Wetlands. You enjoy your weekend, it feels like Summer all over here, but next week might start cooling.

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  3. I am amazed at how it can move through the reeds without moving them. What a wonderful find for you and always nice to share the experience with other birders! Wishing you a lovely rest of the week and weekend to your and your family!

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    • Thanks Jen, yes it is a remarkable bird and clever at that. One of the joys of birding is meeting the people on the track and sharing stories and finds, they are generally very kind and friendly people. The stress relief from birding helps also. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Well done. Serious top find. As you say, not a bird that used neon signs in its repertorie.
    Wonderful to see the stealth approach. I’ve stood very close to one and not seen it until in frustration it flew out. My shame.

    Great shots to help show the best of the bird and its surrounds.

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    • Thanks David, it was an amazing sighting, and the sun was in the right position, otherwise it would have not worked. It was such an education just to watch it move, quite unique, and how it did not move the reeds. Once it went out of sight you just have no idea where it is or how far it has gone till you see the head and the eye rise in the reeds.

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