The Australasian Bittern is declining with less than 2000 thought to exist globally.  In New Zealand we may have as many as 1000, here in Karamea we have a few... 1? 2? 5? 20?  No one is sure, so to see one is a rarity and a privilege, never guaranteed.  These photos are all taken of Bittern within a 10km radius of Karamea township.