I will be giving a presentation about bitterns to South Auckland OSNZ on 11 May and at ECan on 21 May- will post details tomorrow.
Hopefully no bitterns got shot during the opening of the duck-shooting season over the weekend.
Sadly I received a report of a bittern shot last year by duck shooters in the Northland Region.
I am keen to spotlight locations of high importance to bittern and to increase awareness of the birds' plight.
The drought in Northland appears to have concentrated bitterns and good numbers of birds have been sighted up there in the last month or so.
Keep an eye out as bitterns can turn up anywhere at this time of year.