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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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June 2019
Sat 8highlightPink-eared Duck
Dam on Barilla Rivulet (private land)
At least 21 birds with Australasian Shoveler, Wood Duck and Pacific Black Duck.
Alastair Richardson 8/6 #239618
Tue 4highlightPink-eared Duck
Smithton Sewage Ponds
27 birds, biggest flock here so far. Eight sp. of duck including reasonable numbers of Blue-billed and Musk Duck.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 4/6 #239597

May 2019
Thu 30highlightPink-eared Duck
Stanley Sewage Ponds
Four birds, possibly more but difficult viewing conditions. First for this site for me but sp., seen frequently in recent years in nearby Smithton.
Richard Ashby 30/5 #239566
Wed 29Little Corella
3 km south of Railton
At 5.20 pm a flock of approx 100 Little Corellas circled around my property for around ten minutes calling constantly. Flock flew off to the NE before circling around and ended up flying west over Redwater Creek in the general direction of Sheffield. Never seen corellas in the 17 years I have been here.
Reid McLachlan 29/5 #239561
Mon 27Royal Spoonbill
Tamar Island Wetlands
Not an exact number, but upwards of ten Royal spoonbill visible from the wetlands car park. They were standing in the shallows calmly preening themselves.
Greg Hume 27/5 #239552
Sat 25Pink Robin
McPartlan Canal, Lake Pedder
Single female with small flock of Superb Fairywrens, in middle of road (but dense scrub nearby) all making one metre leaps into the air to catch tiny insects. Not used to seeing this sp. fully in the open.
Richard Ashby 27/5 #239549
Nankeen Night Heron
Lagoon, Narawntapu NP
Bird in juvenile plumage perched beside the bird hide.
Ian Jury 26/5 #239546
Fri 24Spotless Crake
Tasmanian Arboretum
Very good view of bird as it flew between clumps of reed mace in Platypus Lake, about 3 meters in front of us.
Ian Jury 26/5 #239547
Fri 17Royal Spoonbill
Duck River, Smithton
Pair of birds roosting on estuary with cormorants, pelicans, etc.
Richard Ashby 17/5 #238486
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Lake Mikany, Smithton
Adult bird making repeated sallies on flock of a hundred or so Coot which are working very hard to avoid the attention. Eagle flops into the water and sits there for several minutes only head, tail and wings showing,. Eventually flies off with dead coot in talons. Was it resting or drowning its prey? HANZAB describes sp. submerging on an occasional dive but this is the first time in 40y obs I have seen the sp. sitting/floating in deep water.
Richard Ashby 17/5 #238485
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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