In an earlier post on the foraging behaviour of the Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis), Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS encountered what he thought was the bittern’s nest on 4th August 2012:
“There were some White-headed Munias (Lonchura maja) nesting in the reed patch. I got closer to investigate and spotted what I believe is a Yellow Bittern nest. I have not seen one before but after I saw it I left the area and returned later to find two adult Yellow Bitterns at the nest site. Earlier I had seen them participate in some “odd” behaviour, a bit like playful chasing with lots of vocal calls (no recording). I suspect they were courting and the nest looks newly constructed.
“The nest is 0.75 meters off the water and built in a section where the reeds are dry and of the same material as the reeds.”
Amar returned to the site two days later…
“Went back to the Yellow Bittern nesting site. There are 4 adults here. At least two are males (above) and one female (below left).
“At least one pair is nesting. Saw them at the nest again and they are still building (below right). Easier to approach them today but unfortunately the nest can only be seen close up as it is in a small depression.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Tambun Interior, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fish farming, ex-mining pools, limestone hills nearby
4th and 6th August 2012