Eremaea Birdlines
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.

We support ethical birding .


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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September 2022
Sat 24highlightMasked Owl
Verona Sands
While photographing a not very nicely showing aurora, we heard two different Masked Owls calling starting from 22:41. Then one began flying overhead, we were able to see it as it was flying high in a large circle making the chattering calls and my very powerful torch was able to illuminate from below. In the meantime, the other was screeching from the forest nearby at least ten times in 15 minutes. I was able to make an audio recording, which I can supply after Monday night when we're back in Sydney. [Moderator's note: the observers have acted appropriately in this instance, but the moderators would like to remind the birding community of their obligations in regard to nightbirds i.e. use a red-filtered, low-powered light where possible; limit time spent shining lights on birds; limit flash photography; limit call playback; don't approach birds closely or spend too long in the area, particularly if breeding behaviour is observed.]
Ákos Lumnitzer and Netra Chetty 24/9 #267375
Thu 1Tasmanian Masked Owl
1030 Macquarie Road, Campbell Town
Large Masked Owl in pine tree near road, sighted around 7 pm.
Christopher Beach 8/9 #267312
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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