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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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September 2017
Thu 21Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Primrose Sands
In my backyard for about 25 minutes. About 70 pics taken and a video. Bird in good health. It was totally white. First i have seen here in 17 years. I submit this sighting for interested persons. My first visit to this site.
Dennis Gale 21/9 #231914
Fri 15Australian Reed-warbler
Pitcher Parade Reserve
First sighting for me this season. Saw one and heard a second bird nearby. eBird checklist
Helen Cunningham 15/9 #231828
Sat 9Eastern Curlew
East Inlet, Stanley
27 birds. Also Red-necked Stints, Hooded, Double-banded and Red-capped Plover, Pied Oystercatchers.
Richard Ashby 9/9 #231767
Fri 8highlightMasked Owl
Notley Gorge Rd
Bird heard calling at dusk. It called a second time and was seen flying for 300 m across open paddocks.
Geoff Bromfield 9/9 #231763
Wed 6Wedge-tailed Eagle
Blythe River, Heybridge
Large nest observed uneventfully for some years. Bird observed flying onto it today, calling quietly, possibly to mate.
Richard Ashby 6/9 #231739
highlightFreckled Duck
Queechy Lagoon
Nine birds visible, possibly more out of sight.
Richard Ashby 6/9 #231738
Sun 3Horsefield's Bronze Cuckoo
Sisters Beach
First for season for me. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 3/9 #231706
Sat 2Topknot Pigeon (possible)
Beauty Point
On the 2nd of September, I was up at Beauty Point photographing a few nice birds around the car park of the aquarium, photographing the large quantity of summer migrants starting to return. I was suddenly alerted to the presence of a very singular pigeon flying towards me, at about twenty five metres range in the ideal light between sun and overcast. It was a good two or three times larger than a Bronzewing, noticeably barrel-chested, with a uniformly pale grey underbelly and underwing, along with an exceptionally long, broad tail. The wings were very broad and had distinctly rounded ends. The flight pattern was the most singular feature of all; it gave multiple small, leisurely flaps with the wings never more than 45 degrees from the body. Having had field experience with both species for over a decade, I believe it was more likely a Topknot than a mere aberrant Bronzewing for the reasons stated above, though admittedly I didn't notice the characteristic topknot on this bird (thus leading me to postulate that it was a juvenile). After consulting with those more experienced than myself, it was recommended that I put the sighting out there so that anyone going through the area may have a crack at the bird! [Moderator's note:this sighting is published for information only and the record should not be taken as confirmed.]
George Vaughan 4/9 #231717
Fri 1highlightSwift Parrot
Seabrook Golf Course, Wynyard
At least 11 birds feeding in heavily blossomed Blue Gum canopy. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 1/9 #231692

August 2017
Tue 29Double-banded Plover
Ralphs Bay Conservation Area (Lauderdale)
One Double-banded Plover in breeding plumage on the beach corner near the bus stop. eBird checklist
Els Wakefied and Susanna Van Essen 31/8 #231683
Bar-tailed Godwit
Pipeclay Lagoon, Cremorne
One single Bar-tailed Godwit roosting with a group of large gulls and Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers. eBird checklist
Els Wakefied and Susanna Van Essen 31/8 #231682
Bar-tailed Godwit
NW end Orielton Lagoon
Nine Bar-tailed Godwit roosting at edge of lagoon. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield and Suzanna Van Essen 31/8 #231681
Eastern Curlew
Bonnington farm, Cambridge
Six Eastern Curlew feeding along edge of marshland at Bonnington Farm. eBird checklist
Els Wakefied and Susanna Van Essen 31/8 #231679
Wed 23highlightAzure Kingfisher
Inglis River, Wynyard
Single bird on Big Creek which flows into Inglis River. Permitted to approach in kayak to 2-3 m. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 23/8 #231611
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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