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1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


(02) 4951 6466/ 4951 5974
Cafe closed Sunday 19 June 2022 : 0403537211


Friday 9th April


10am to 2pm

Hunter Wetlands centre

1 Wetlands Place, Shortland NSW

Come along and learn about the shy and mysterious Australasian Bittern and other birds.

  • Go Bittern spotting
  • Learn about indigenous culture in the bush tucker garden
  • Listen to stories
  • Paint a bird and lots more.

There will even be a goody bag of activities to take home.

Sausage Sizzle available for $2.50 on the day

Sometimes called the Bunyip Bird because of its booming night-time call, the Australasian Bittern is a very secretive species that makes its nest in thick sedges, reeds and rushes on the edge of freshwater wetlands.

The Australasian Bittern is globally endangered, and is known to visit and potentially breed within the Hunter wetlands.

It is extremely well camouflaged with brown speckled feathers that blend into the reeds. It hunts for food at night and when alarmed adopts an upright stance and sways in the breeze like the reeds. No wonder it is rarely seen!

Once common in the Hunter Region, loss of habitat and the threat from feral animals has made the life of this shy bird a test of survival.

The Bittern Bird Day is being held by the Hunter Wetlands Centre with support from Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, aims to raise awareness about this globally endangered bird.

Australasian Bittern survival game

Play our Bittern or Bust Game

Australasian Bittern survival game

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