Black-backed Bittern AKA Australian Little Bittern

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rawshorty
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Black-backed Bittern AKA Australian Little Bittern

There was one reported as calling at the Wetlands a bit over a week ago so went down on Sunday and was delighted to have him come out of the reeds and give a good opportunity to get some pics.

He stayed out for 5 minutes before some people chatting came to the hide.

Note the pink breeding flush, i hope a girl turns up.

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laza
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Fantastic mate, love the crisp detail of facial area

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alcatraz
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Fabolous shots rawshorty! 

oconnore51
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The colours are fantastic.

elizabeth

sue818
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Nice to be rewarded by such great shots and sighting!

sue

Reflex
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Holy dooley! Great find and fantastic shots! Looks like an adult male with the black cap.  I would love to see one of these.

Samford Valley Qld.

rawshorty
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Thanks all, yep Reflex it is a male.

As far as i know only 4 of us have seen him and i was lucky to get another sighting last Friday.

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Reflex
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Wow! Great photograph!

Samford Valley Qld.

Rick N
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Great capture and photos Shorty.

brian63
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Stunning shots rawshorty, love the in flight one in particular.

Devster
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Now you're just making me jealous. Fantastic shots!. It's good when you actually manage to find the bird you set out to see. I'm yet to see any of the Bitterns

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