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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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April 2019
Fri 19highlightFreckled Duck
Launceston Country Club
Close to 40 Freckled Ducks were observed on the banks either side of the bridge to the island.
Ryan Francis 19/4 #238287
White-bellied Sea Eagle
West Hobart
Pair of adult WBSE soaring over gully between Poets Rd and Forest Rd. There has been a single bird seen regularly since late spring, but first time seen a pair. Wondering if they are visiting the Hobart tip for scraps/food? They put up a lot of gulls and ravens too.
Michael Dempsey 19/4 #238283
Mon 15highlightFreckled Duck
Launceston Country Lub
At least 12 Freckled Ducks perched on a pontoon in the lake in front of the casino building.
Ian Jury 17/4 #238270
Blue-winged Parrot
Elphinstone Rd, Cressy
Approx. 65 Blue-winged Parrots feeding on a patch of fat hen that had gone to seed in the corner of a cropping paddock. eBird checklist
Bill Scott-Young 15/4 #238264
Sat 13Cattle Egret
Preservation Bay
8 birds seen feeding around cattle. eBird checklist
Frank & Lennice Wilson 14/4 #238243
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Mount Direction conservation area
4 Wedge-tailed Eagles (2 adults 2 juveniles) soaring over the northern-most end of Mount Direction at 8.00 am this morning.
Suzanne Hedgecott 13/4 #238228
Fri 12Musk Lorikeet
Kayena, West Tamar
Approximately 15-20 feeding on eucalyptus and golden delicious apple trees over a 4 day period.
Charmaine Campbell 17/4 #238271
Wed 10highlightPink-eared Duck
Smithton Sewage Ponds
Three birds in north pond, only visible from adjacent private farmland. Present at this site several times in last couple of years. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 10/4 #238215
Tue 9highlightPectoral Sandpiper
Orielton Lagoon
Photographed by David Morrison, associating with four Pacific Golden Plovers, two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and a single Red Knot. Yellow bill-base, greenish legs and sharp demarcation of breast markings were all visible in the field. eBird checklist
Karen Dick & David Morrison 13/4 #238229
Far Eastern Curlew
Waterview Sanctuary (Sorell)
Single bird. Distant photo.
Bob Cook 9/4 #238204
Sun 7highlightGrey Goshawk (white morph)
Notley Gorge Rd., Bridgenorth
Single bird flying and perching in trees was announced by Strong-billed Honeyeater alarm calls. Could be the reason why our chooks aren't coming out at the moment!
Geoff Bromfield 7/4 #238187
Thu 4Galah
Gutteridge Gardens, Wynyard
80 birds feeding on lawn. Flock sizes growing here although sp. not often seen west of Wynyard. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 4/4 #238161
highlightSwift Parrot
Hobart Rivulet Linear Park
Birds heard calling from a blackwood tree between the track and the Hobart Rivulet between the end of McKellar Street and Molle Street opposite Warneford Street at 8.05 am. Four birds took off and flew overhead before heading up the valley. At least three birds were in the same area last Tuesday 26 March 2019 at about 8.45 am. They flew into a large blue gum up higher between the track and Liverpool Street.
Richard Hale 4/4 #238157

March 2019
Fri 29megamegaPossible Powerful Owl??
Isandula Rd Gawler 10 km sth of Ulverstone, rural property nw tas
Large bird initially thought to be a large heavy hawk landed in oyster bay pine about 1 metre above ground level, 10 meters from our bedroom window at 8 am. Bird remained for a couple of minutes, during which time we decided from website photos and description it was almost certainly a Powerful Owl. It flew off with distinctly owl -like flight. Did not get photo — damn! Oddly though, Tasmania is apparently not part of its distribution. Is this particular bird “out of habitat” or did we mis-identify? Has anyone else seen a powerful owl in Tasmania.? Moderator's note - would be a first for Tasmania, and possibly a misidentification, but reported as an 'alert' for others to keep and eye out.
Ian Hughes 29/3 #238101
Thu 28Wedge-tailed Eagle
Avoca (A4 hwy)
Driving just out of Avoca, one magnificent adult flying parallel with the road. Approx 7 m up and 10 m out. Closest encounter I've ever had with a wild WTEA. eBird checklist
Peter Bright 28/3 #238099
Wed 27megamegaBaillon's Crake
Lake Dulverton Conservation Area (Oatlands)
Small bird observed foraging near the waters edge. eBird checklist
David Morrison 29/3 #238102
highlightSwift Parrot
Romaine Reserve, Burnie
Single bird heard. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 28/3 #238096
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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