This 13-day old chick was one of nine from three nests on one rice farm (Jan. 2015, Griffith).
Our key paper synthesising the results from the first four years of bittern surveys is being finalised and should be published early next year.
Here’s a less technical booklet, produced in July 2016, summarising what we’ve learnt since 2012, with lots of photos and the second edition of our bittern friendly rice growing tips.
And a recent article about tracking, “Robbie’s gone a roaming“, in the Spring 2016 Australian Birdlife.
Our abstract, “Co-management of water for rice production and biodiversity conservation in Australia”, from the 2015 Global Food Security Conference at Cornell University in New York is available here.
And here are less technical articles from September 2014: Once Bittern, Not Shy of Rice; and February 2015: Reimagining Rice Farms: Yielding Bunyip Birds & More; both discussing the first two seasons. Below is a paper about the remarkable numbers of the equally threatened Australian Painted Snipe also using rice fields.
Herring, M. & Silcocks, A. (2014) The use of rice fields by the endangered Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis): a rare opportunity to combine food production and conservation? Stilt 66: 20–29
The key findings from the first season (2012-2013) can be found in this RIRDC report:
Herring, M., Bull, N. & Silcocks, A. (2014) Bitterns in Rice: a pilot study of the endangered Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus) and its use of rice crops. Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Canberra.
Here you can find the first edition of our Bittern Friendly Rice Growing Tips.
Rice crops provide the cover and support the prey that Australasian Bitterns require.