As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Rare Eurasian Bittern spotted in Dhanauri


TNN | Dec 27, 2016, 02.03 AM IST



NOIDA: It was last seen in the marshes of Okhla Bird Sanctuary in 2002, as per written records of the birding community. The Eurasian Bittern has been sighted again in the NCR this year, during the Christmas weekend. Birders are now pleasantly surprised as the rare heron has visited these parts after 14 years.

"This is most unusual. We went to Dhanauri wetlands during the weekend, and suddenly this bird appeared from behind bushes. We made photographic records and informed all birder groups. It is indeed important news for the birding community," Mudit Bhatnagar, a senior member of the Delhi Bird Photographers group, said. The group is a community of birders who regularly spot, photograph and document birds in their habitats in the wetlands of Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Gurgaon. In NCR, over 100 birders regularly go on photo-walks in small groups to explore and spot birds.

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