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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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February 2019
Fri 15megamegaMagpie Lark
Prince of Wales Bay Marina, Derwent Park
I observed it for some 10 minutes. It appeared to be eating insects that had fallen off vehicles parked in the office carpark.
Pieter van der Woude 16/2 #236823
Wed 13White-Breasted Sea Eagle
Sisters Island off Sisters Beach
Adult bird roosting in small, cave-like space in foliage, facing east to the sun, seemingly avoiding wet westerly squalls. Not used to this sp. being so wimpy, if this interpretation is correct. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 14/2 #236805
Mon 11highlightPink-eared Duck (17)
Penna Settling Ponds (restricted access)
The moment I started scanning the pinkies' favourite pond, hoping for last trips' pair, I was absolutely astonished to see more and more pinkies coming into view until fully seventeen of them were feeding, grooming and bobbing across the water in flocks! My highest count for Tasmania by a long, long way! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 11/2 #236787
Wed 6White-throated Needletail
Port Sorell
18 spotted at Squeaking Point around 6pm. [EDIT: numbers increased to 45+ one hour later) eBird checklist
James Melville 6/2 #236761
Tue 5Azure kingfisher
Davey River Gorge
Sighted several times over 30 minutes and was observed feeding off the water numerous time. It was also accompanied by a pink robin on the same branch
Pieter van der Woude 16/2 #236824
highlightFreckled Duck
Risdon Brook Park
At least 9 birds mid-way along the eastern shore of the dam, near the inlet arm. eBird checklist
Jean, Doug, Judy and Simon Smith 5/2 #236757
Sun 3Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Sandy Bay
Two Grey Goshawks beside McAulay Reserve. eBird checklist
Phil Reid 4/2 #236751
Fri 1highlightGrey Goshawk (white morph)
Sulphur Creek
Bird flying from tree to tree trying to get shelter from strong wind and heavy rain. eBird checklist
Frank and Lennice Wilson 12/2 #236795

January 2019
Mon 28Striated Fieldwren
Oyster Cove (Putalina)
One Striated Fieldwren seen east of the buildings flying into the bracken area. Suspect new record for this area. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield and Brian Johnston 30/1 #236704
Sat 26Rainbow Lorikeet
One group of 7 and another group of 5, flying over the houses on the west side of the river. eBird checklist
Bill Scott-Young 27/1 #236680
Sun 20megamegaTerek Sandpiper
Anthony's Beach, near Stanley
1Terek Sandpiper at roost site with 70 Red-necked Stints. I am familiar with this species. Larger than the stints, it is the only shorebird with a long upturned bill. First seen running, later bunkered down in dry seagrass; occasionally standing up. When preening the white trailing edge to the secondaries was clearly seen. The roost was not disturbed. eBird checklist
Hazel Britton and Anthea Fergusson 20/1 #236631
Sat 19Grey Goshawk
Upper Castra
Nesting pair in forest: white male and larger female. eBird checklist
Dave Dickson 21/1 #236637
Prince of Wales Bay Marina, Goodwood
Single bird seen today (Saturday 19th Jan) at 18.00, observed for 3 or 4 minutes. eBird checklist
Suzanne Hedgecott 19/1 #236622
White-throated Needletail
Arthur River (town)
20 birds seen while driving (stopped to ID) south of Arthur River on Temma Road between Nelson Bay and Sarah Anne Rocks. Fine day, westerly breeze. Seen at 5-60m above ground. Around 12:30pm. eBird checklist
Jackson Willows and Rodger Willows 19/1 #236621
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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