Cumberland Bird Observers Club
North Central Catchment Management Authority
Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited
Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists Club
Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group
Canberra Ornithologists Club
Coleambally Lions Club
Murrumbidgee Shire Community Demonstration Farm
Murray Irrigation Limited
Riverina Local Land Services has provided additional funds for Tracking Bunyip Birds, as well as making possible the other key research components of the Bitterns in Rice Project. As always, none of this would be possible without the ongoing support of Australian rice farmers.
Robbie has now been at Long Swamp for almost a month. When the transmitter comes online for eight hours (every 48 hours), his movements typically span between 500 metres and 1 kilometre. He has his favourite spots, but is regularly using an area covering about 200 hectares. Will he eventually fly back to the Riverina in time for the next rice season? Perhaps one or more young females on the coast will be impressed by his future booms and he’ll embrace the permanent sea change.
It’s amazing to think that this young bittern grew hearing the sounds of his booming father, the hum of trucks on the Kidman Way, the calls of Painted Honeyeaters and Superb Parrots in adjacent Boree stands, and now he’s hearing waves off the coast of south-western Victoria.
Now here’s an uncanny coincidence. John Bradford is a rice grower from the Murray Valley and last month we tried to catch a bittern on his farm, unaware that if we’d been successful, it may have moved to John’s other farm, far away. You see, John noticed that Robbie visited his farm near Nelson at the mouth of the Glenelg River. John says he’s amazed to learn that the bitterns he sees while holidaying may well be the same bitterns holidaying from rice crops just like his. The bittern world seems smaller and more connected every day.