The Australasian Bittern, Bunyip bird of Victoria’s far west

Victoria’s south west is rich in wetland diversity, from estuaries and coastal lagoons to floodplain swamps. The variety and extent of wetlands in the area make it a regular refuge for one of Australia’s most enigmatic species; the Australasian Bittern.

Until recently little was known about the very secret life of Bitterns, however recent satellite tracking has illustrated how important the Glenelg Hopkins region is for these globally Endangered birds with one bird observed regularly travelling 557km from Coleambally, NSW to the area.

Join us to learn more about these amazing birds, how to find and identify them and what you can do to aid their conservation.

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018

4:00pm – Bittern workshop

6:00 - 8:40 – BBQ (provided) and field session and Bittern survey


Theory session: Scots Hall, Tyers Street, Portland.

Field session: Fawthrop Lagoon

RSVP essential: Bob Green, BirdLife Australia

* food & refreshments provided. Please bring long pants and appropriate footwear.

The Australasian Bittern, Bunyip bird of Victoria’s far west

Workshop & field trip

Saturday, 27 October 2018

This project is supported by Glenelg Hopkins CMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Image by Andrew Silcocks.