Rice growers in New South Wales prepare habitat for endangered Australasian bittern

It may not look like much now, but within months rice paddocks filled with water will be transformed into a jungle for some important critters.
One of them is the endangered Australasian bittern.
The secretive bird belonging to the heron family is being tracked across south-eastern Australia by Birdlife Australia and wildlife ecologists.
One of the routine resting and breeding spots for the bittern are rice farms in southern New South Wales.
The bittern has a particular appetite for the southern bell frog, which is drawn to the water that covers the rice seed when it is first planted.
Bernard Starr is one of a number of rice growers at Coleambally who have set aside rice bays to assist with bittern conservation.

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