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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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October 2018
Sun 21Australian Gannet
Tatlows Beach, Stanley
Freshly-dead b/w bird. Bullet hole in breast.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton, Sue Dawe. 22/10 #235842
White-faced Storm Petrel
Stanley Wharf
Single bird killed by collision with chain-link fence. Similar occurrence some months ago. Three Short-tailed Shearwaters from previous season.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 22/10 #235841
Thu 18megamegaWhite-winged Tern
Smithton Sewage Ponds
Again single bird (see 29 Sep). Also single Pink-eared Duck and 26 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 22/10 #235840
Tue 16highlightBarn Owl
Flowerdale, just sw of Wynyard.
Extremely dessicated bird on farmland, 3-4km from Michael Hyland's sighting of 17 Jan this year. Cause of death not obvious. Wing measurement low end of male range, extreme bottom of female range
Richard Ashby 16/10 #235782
Mon 15highlightSwift Parrot, Eurasian Skylark
Southwest National Park--Melaleuca
While watching for arriving birds at the Rallinga processing plant, a single Swift Parrot flew S overhead, calling. This is my first sighting of the species in Tasmania, and a funny place to see one. A Eurasian Skylark was additionally present for at least this day in the burn area (flagged as rare by eBird). eBird checklist
James Bailey 21/10 #235834
Sun 14highlightBlue Petrel, Light-mantled Albatross, Mottled Petrel, Salvin's Albatross, Northern Royal Albatross
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Highlight of today's Inala Nature Tours trip was a Blue Petrel which foraged in the slick at very close range for an extended period then followed us back in to shallow water (~50 fathoms) as we returned to port. Also a brief showing of a juvenile/immature Light-mantled Albatross, a fly-by from a very early Mottled Petrel, an adult Salvin's Albatross and a Northern Royal Albatross. 5 White-headed Petrel, a Brown Skua and 20+ great albatrosses also seen on a very busy and exciting day.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 16/10 #235783
Sat 13Latham's Snipe
Five birds seen near a man-made rockery and swampy, thick vegetation beside the lawns near the edge of Lake Pedder below the motel and restaurant area. Positive ID from a photo taken by Margaret Cashman-Bailes.
Els Wakefield for Margaret Cashman-Bailes 14/10 #235765
Fri 12Blue-billed Duck
Hopeless Plains, south of Smithton.
18 birds today at this site which has the sp. 67% of the time for monthly visits in the last 4y. Best flock so far, 35.
Richard Ashby 12/10 #235750
Sun 7Black-faced Cormorant (92)
The Three Sisters - outer island
92 Black-faced Cormorants on the southern end of the outer island including 40 birds on nests. Observed from the lookout on the old Penguin - Ulverstone Highway, so may be more birds on the eastern side.
Frank Wilson 7/10 #235687
Thu 4Australasian Gannet
Devonport Bluff
Solitary Australasian Gannet flying west just off the Devonport Bluff at 9.15 am.
Shane Pinner 4/10 #235650
highlightSwift Parrot
Mt Nelson Oval
On a short walk this morning to the Mt Nelson oval I counted 36 swifties in 5 smaller groups feeding in flowering bluegums and blackgums along Rialannah Rd and around oval. I have seen and heard more this year than in any other year - lived here 8 years.
Jason Bolch 4/10 #235643
Mon 1highlightSwift Parrot
Adventure Bay
About 30 birds in flowering gum just outside Adventure Bay general store.
Falk Wicker 1/10 #235621
highlightHudsonian Godwit
Orielton Lagoon--Greenshank Bay
Bird seen together with 20 Bar-tailed Godwits on mudflat off the golf course. Access via Bay Road/Esplanade.
Falk Wicker 1/10 #235620

September 2018
Sun 30highlightSwift Parrot
Spring Beach
Up to 4 birds (at least 2) foraging in flowering eucalypts up the road from the beach. eBird checklist
Paul Brooks 1/10 #235614
highlightEastern Curlew
East end Anthony Beach, Stanley
24 birds at roost with one Whimbrel , possibly one Bar-tailed Godwit and a sprinkling of Red-necked Stints.
Richard Ashby 30/9 #235605
megamegaWhite-winged Tern
Smithton Sewage Ponds
Single bird in non-breeding plumage feeding in very distinctive low, bouyant flight, dipping to surface to retrieve morsels. Observed for 30min, made copious notes. ID confident but passing photographers may like to verify. Sp. seen here 10y ago by Peter and Hazel Britton who had multi-continent experience of terns. This excellent duck venue today almost bereft of ducks except for multiple flocks of shelduck chicks. Presume other sp. nesting elswhere.
Richard Ashby 30/9 #235604
highlightSwift Parrot
Mt Nelson - Rialannah Road
Several swift parrots observed for 30 minutes foraging in bluegum and blackgum trees adjacent to Bicentenial Park. Their calls have been noticeable for the past week.
Jason Bolch 30/9 #235596
highlightAustralasian Bittern
Murphys Flat Wetlands
Watched it gradually feed along the opposite bank of the Derwent for about 30 minutes. At one stage it caught a small fish. eBird checklist
Rob Hamilton 30/9 #235593
Sat 29Nankeen Night Heron
Sisters Creek, Sisters Beach
Single bird flushed. Sp. not seen here for three years, possibly lack of observer vigilance rather than absence of bird(s).
Richard Ashby 29/9 #235581
Tue 25megamegaHudsonian Godwit
Orielton Lagoon--Greenshank Bay
I was examining the Bar Tails, noticing their numbers were rising, and soon picked out what I thought to be the Black Tailed Godwit of the last two seasons. The bird raised its head from feeding to reveal a slim, upwards curved bill. Creeping closer, I soon realised that this year's beloved Hudsonian Godwit was back! Given its bill, graceful proportions and quite different behaviour (including the almost Phalarope style spinning as it fed), I was quite certain of the identification... but when the Godwits flew, the ID was confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt. Incredible to see one of my favourite waders of all! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 25/9 #235547
Mon 24highlightWhite-necked Heron
Creekton Lagoon, Saundridge Rd. Cressy
Single bird feeding in roadside lagoon.
Bill Scott-Young 24/9 #235537
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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