Sometimes, though, outer beauty takes time to emerge.
Also taking plenty of time to emerge, Australian Little Bittern (Ixobrychus dubius). Tucked away in the scleria for most of this year, male came out a few days ago.
May be visible more often between now and Xmas, a period when I think males can be in tussles for territory.
In the meantime here's hoping for closer emergences and better luck with bigger prey.