Luck takes a hand in what's spied from the hide
And there have been teasing calls - mainly from afar, once quite near - from Australian Little Bittern/s. More luck. Today's sighting of female and male could not have been made from the hide. Distant picture above of male with treefrog (probably Peron's - usually brownish, but as with many frogs able to change colour) came as I was returning after quick check on nesting fantails and sunbathing python.
More luck. Walk to Northern Fantail nest led me to almost step on Large-tailed Nightjar. Blur of brown before my eyes and much diversionary fluttering followed.
Bird kept trying to lure me away. I kept trying to locate egg/s/hatchling/s, oh so cryptic and laid or lying near the track. We both failed. But all the time being taken produced the lucky sighting of the bitterns.
So, just for luck I'll throw in a few more from the latest Tyto outings, starting with Brown-backed Honeyeater.
And ever-present Crimson Finch, female chomping weed seeds.
Solitary Sulphur-crested Cockatoo sitting a while before beginning to chomp chucks out of perch.
And Common Koel male taking break from noisy advertising for females. But he'll probably get lucky. Just not so lucky as this watcher.