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Interesting and unusual bird observations
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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Moderators' Note

Birdline Tasmania will not publish any reports deemed to be in contravention of the current restrictions on unnecessary travel and reserve closures due to COVID-19. The moderators encourage everyone to limit non-essential travel - including birding. While restrictions are in place, the criteria for publication of Birdline reports will be relaxed so sightings of interesting or unusual birds for your back yard will be acceptable. Please bird at home!

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Reports published in the past 30 hours.

June 2021
Sat 12White-bellied Sea Eagle
Sulphur Creek
A pair of sea eagles perched high up in a tree, very vocal. Seen mating twice during the afternoon. Unfortunately I was too slow with the camera to get a photo.
Frank & Lennice Wilson 12/6 #260309
Mon 7Cattle Egret
Mood Food, Midlands Highway
About 40 Cattle Egrets flying north over highway today at 1428 hrs.
Els Wakefield 7/6 #260287
Sun 6Blue-winged Parrot
Cape Portland (partial restricted access)
Flock of approximately 20 birds.
Shane Pinner 6/6 #260279
Pallid Cuckoo
Cape Portland (partial restricted access)
Pallid Cuckoo sitting on fence.
Shane Pinner 6/6 #260277
Thu 3Brown Goshawk (a strange behaviour)
In what would have to rank as one of the strangest things I've ever seen on my property, I was up by the lawns of the property Limits when I saw something wobbling about on long legs across the grass!! At first, given its brown back, I assumed it was a Plover, and so eagerly I fired off some shots... only to see the bird scurry off on long, yellow legs, its left wing drooping, weaving this way and that as it ran... it was, to my absolute astonishment, a very young BROWN GOSHAWK, its brows knitted in a scowl as it glared back over its shoulder at me!!! Given the fact it was refusing to fly no matter how close I got, and the way it was holding its wing, I made an executive decision to gather it up so it may get the help I really thought it needed... what followed was a chase for a good minute or so, the Goshawk scuttling along on long, awkward legs as I tried to approach it in the least threatening manner, my jacket prepared to contain the feet once it flipped over into its defensive position (as is the proper protocol in these situations)... but then, out of nowhere, it hopped up and fluttered lightly off through the trees!!! I have no idea why it was so keen on running when it could evidently fly; given how young it was, I could only imagine then as now that it was just learning to fly and live by itself!!! On top of that, there were also two Wedge-tails displaying right outside the house, and a huge female Grey Goshawk sitting right by the window... eBird checklist
George Vaughan 3/6 #260269
Wed 2megamegaSpangled Drongo
Was feasting on wasps and insects in the fig tree next door which hangs over our fence. We thought it was a small raven to start with. But he's smaller, has a forked tail, and his call sounds like a strangled chook! Lol eBird checklist
Libby & Grant Simmons 3/6 #260271
Tue 1Little Corella
Campbell Town Water Treatment Ponds
Flock of c600. Yesterday I wouldn't believe there were this many birds in the entire state! eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 1/6 #260265
Cape Barren Goose (3)
Illawarra Road
Three Cape Barren Geese seen on the eastern side of the road about half way between between Longford and the Bass Highway. eBird checklist
Lennice Wilson 1/6 #260264

May 2021
Sun 30Australian Owlet-nightjar
Bird calling at 0330 hrs. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 1/6 #260266
Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea Eagle
Tamar Island Boardwalk
Single birds of both species seen briefly over the boardwalk. Also present 5 Royal Spoonbills and 4 Black-fronted Dotterel (midday). eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 30/5 #260256
Fri 28Painted Buttonquail
Hobart domain mountain bike track near crossroads
Whilst orienteering I flushed three of these out of grassy undergrowth. I was in a hurry and didn't stop to admire. eBird checklist
Lachie clark 4/6 #260274
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Howden Foreshore
Interrupted 2 juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagles feeding on carrion beside the road. One flew south along the coast carrying whatever they were eating, the other flew into a tree close by. eBird checklist
Russell Twining 30/5 #260255
Mon 24megamegaSpangled Drongo
Single bird, calling and feeding in very top of eucalyptus on my property, watched on and off for most of the day. Returned 2 days later for about 2 hours. eBird checklist
Kay Jones, Ashley Mason 1/6 #260262
Spotless Crake
Shorewell Creek (near Three Mile Line), Burnie
One adult Spotless Crake. eBird checklist
Simon Gates 24/5 #260234
Sun 23Wedge-tailed Eagle
Risdon Brook
Early afternoon, single bird flew slowly over the brook near Bowen Park Lagoon, heading towards East Risdon State Reserve. Looked to be a relatively small bird so possibly a juvenile. eBird checklist
Suzanne Hedgecott 23/5 #260231
Long-billed Corella
Old Beach
A flock of approx 2 dozen flying around over Old Beach this afternoon. They seem to be a permanent fixture in this area now. eBird checklist
Suzanne Hedgecott 23/5 #260229
Outside Richmond
Parked on side of road. Bird was sighted in paddock on private property. Photo taken with zoom and cropped. eBird checklist
Cathryn Rogers 23/5 #260228
Little Black Cormorant
Smithton Sewage Ponds
c. 60 birds, a big flock for NW Tas. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 23/5 #260225
Fri 21Brown Goshawk
Riverbend Park, Launceston
Single bird watched for some minutes gliding above (1300 hrs). eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 21/5 #260215
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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