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Birdline Tasmania

Birdline Tasmania is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline Tasmania is supported by Birdlife Australia and moderated by James Melville, John Tongue and Paul Brooks.

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December 2019
Tue 3highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Orielton Lagoon
It was a brilliant day at Orielton, with just about every sort of wader back to their full numbers after their great declines of late... but even the golden plovers and godwits were totally eclipsed by this breathtaking moment! I was wandering through the Sharpies' favourite corner at the side of the golf course, photographing a very nice chat, when I suddenly saw a little scurrying brown form that could only be a wader... and the second I took my first photo I literally exclaimed in astonishment! The bird was so thin, the bill so long and the ear patches so obvious, that I almost thought it was a Stilt Sandpiper at first... but then the black of the bill turned out to be mud, and the brilliant golden base shone through. A Pec! A beautiful, juvenile Pec, still bearing the streaks and smudges of its youth! It behaved in a way unlike any Pec or Sharpie I've ever seen before; it scurried about in the succulents, darting its neck out to grab nice morsels, for all the world like a greenshank would do! It was also completely ok with my presence and, rather than drift away, or flying as Pecs are wont to do, it actually scurried closer and closer, only startling to a mildly cautious attention when the miners all alarmed for some reason. I suspect that this little fellow is brand newly arrived with the recent storms; its thinness would certainly attest to that. What an adorable little bird! What a beautiful hour I spent in its company! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 3/12 #242967

November 2019
Fri 29highlightGrey-tailed Tattler (2)
Bluff Hill Point
Flythrough while surveying on the Tarkine BioBlitz. Slate grey backs without any wing-bar, all grey underwings, and structure eliminated similar species. eBird checklist
Peter Vaughan and Andrea Magnusson 1/12 #242952
Nankeen Kestrel
The Nut State Reserve
Single bird, hovering. Pair resident here.
Richard Ashby 29/11 #242936
Mon 25megamegaOsprey
Table Cape lighthouse
On tree stump in dam. It flew north-east , down the Cape.
Michael Hyland 25/11 #242907
Sun 24highlightSwift Parrot
Wynyard Wharf
5 birds cavorting in eucs. Some bullying from a Little Wattlebird.
Richard Ashby 25/11 #242898
highlightSwift Parrot
Skeleton Bay
20-30 Swift Parrots feeding on blossom trees. Very active and noisy, being chased by wattlebirds.
Marton Kalocsay 24/11 #242877
Thu 21Latham's Snipe
Adventure Bay
Bird was walking across the road as I drove down into Adventure Bay. Luckily it got off the road as I wouldn't have been able to stop because of a closely following car! eBird checklist
Sonja Ross 21/11 #242865
Tue 19Yellow Wattlebird
White Hills Rd Penguin
As I am not sure of the exact status of this species on the NW coast, I am reporting a pair around our house since the 14th. One seen and general calling between them. [moderator's note: YEWA is a scarce inhabitant of the NW coast and the west of the state - PB]
Erik Donnachie 19/11 #242840
Sun 17Flame Robin
Flinders Island, Patriach Wildlife Sanctuary, open flats
1 adult male, lone bird feeding.
Tom Fletcher 21/11 #242867
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Royal George
Vicki Newman 18/11 #242835
highlightEastern Curlew
East End Anthony Beach, Stanley
16 birds with 90 Red-necked Stints + resident shorebirds.
Richard Ashby 17/11 #242828
Sat 16highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Huonville wetland, Huon Valley, AU-TAS
Spotted single bird (likely juvenile) feeding on samphire close to edge on northern boundary of wetland. Undertaking national survey for snipe at the time. On private property. eBird checklist
Philip Emery 20/11 #242845
Latham's Snipe
Rotaract Park, Smithton
67 birds at official census in addition to 15 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.
Richard Ashby, Jenny Ostenfeld 17/11 #242816
highlightLittle Tern
Rotaract Park, Smithton
Pair of birds fishing at the Latham's Snipe site, driven up-estuary by gale-force winds. Sp. seldom seen here.
Richard Ashby, Jenny Ostenfeld 17/11 #242815
Latham's Snipe
Well, this was not at all what I expected for today! I was just about to cross the bridge into that nice park by the succulents and flats when I heard a nativehen breaking into a fit of rage... I looked around just in time to see it lunge at a small, pot-bellied little creature, which fluttered up from the succulents before landing in a thicker clump, evidently running, for it was never seen again. The moment I saw the white belly and ashy underwings in that quick yet decisive glimpse, I knew at once I'd been privileged with a viewing of a snipe in, of all places, the middle of Cygnet! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 16/11 #242806
Fri 15Australian Masked Owl
-41.170971, 146.308834, Bass Highway, Don
Roadkill, specimen observed day before. Upon inspection turned out to be in pretty sorry state, must have been dead for a few days at least.
Vincent Mourik & Ramit Singal 20/11 #242854
Wed 13highlightSwift Parrot
White Beach
Single bird feeding on the ground.
Mark Dodson 13/11 #242785
Sat 9Kelp Gull
This has to be one of the highlights of my whole Northern expedition! I was getting some gannet shots when I saw it; a big gull flying along with a very bouncy style, as opposed to the powerful coursing of the Pacifics. I knew this was something special... and there it was! A first year Kelp Gull, all cold brown and white tones and clearly streaky head! The cruncher was, of course, the very slim black bill... to say I was happy would not be enough! This was in the small park at the start of the straight road down to the sewage farm; the last I saw of it, the Kelp was hurtling to and fro along the cliffs of The Nut, seeming very much at home! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 9/11 #242753
Fri 8Yellow-throated Honeyeater
Blythe River, Heybridge
Adult bird scolding Strong-billed Honeyeater noisily, both birds seeking invertebrates under bark of same ti-tree. Smaller Strong-bill not intimidated. Interpreted as Yellow-throat having young nearby and resenting competition for food. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 8/11 #242741
highlightSwift Parrot
Blythe River, Heybridge
Single bird seen and heard. Sp. also in Wynyard 3 Nov (one, perhaps two birds). eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 8/11 #242740
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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