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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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January 2017
Mon 16Latham's Snipe
Orielton Lagoon
Bird was flushed from long grass on the edge of the Pittwater golf course at the end of Esplanade Rd on Midway Point about 11:45 am.
Michael Brown 18/1 #229847
Tue 10highlightWhimbrel
Fishpond, Ulverstone
Interesting interaction between this single Whimbrel and a family of A.Pied Oystercatchers. It was about a metre from 2 juvenile POC roosting at high tide. An adult POC landed nearby and together with the young birds tried to move it away.
Hazel Britton and Alison Parks 10/1 #229759
Sun 8megamegaWedge-tailed Shearwater, Black-bellied Storm Petrel, Buller's Shearwater
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Highlights of today's trip were at least 3 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, a Black-bellied Storm Petrel and 2 Buller's Shearwaters. eBird checklist
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 12/1 #229780
Mon 2highlightSpotless Crake (2)
Tamar Island Wetlands
A brace of Spotless Crakes seen and heard calling from the same location as the bird last year, on the eastern side of the island itself at ~5:30pm. Both birds were only seen for approximately half a second as they dashed under the boardwalk, but were highly vocal for several minutes, with advertising and contact calls heard clearly, but irritatingly not recorded owing to a reticent telephone. eBird checklist
Peter Vaughan 2/1 #229677
highlightAzure Kingfisher
Inglis River Walking Track (Wynyard)
Superb views of a very obliging Azure Kingfisher foraging for twenty five minutes at close range. It was largely observed up the first tributary of the river to the north of the York Street entrance to the track, but then flew off towards the main river and could not be relocated. eBird checklist
Peter Vaughan 2/1 #229676

December 2016
Sat 31Whimbrel (1), Red Knot (7), Ruddy Turnstone (2)
Colchis Creek Mouth (Georges Bay, St Helens)
Located seven Red Knots amongst a flock of 71 Bar-tailed Godwits at ~11:20am, at which point a Whimbrel, somewhat darker than the bird at Marion Bay in November, also made its presence known by taking exception to the Godwits most proximal to it. Then during the 'one more scan' phase of the visit, a brace of Ruddy Turnstones were also seen perched on a log in the middle of the creek mouth. eBird checklist
Peter Vaughan and Mona-Loofs Samorzewski 1/1 #229657
Southern Emu-wren
Rock Cape National Park
Pair of Southern Emu-wrens feeding in swampy thick scrub . Observed and photographed female . eBird checklist
Michael Hyland 31/12 #229652
Fri 23highlightSwift Parrot
Romaine Reserve, Burnie
Handful of birds heard in blossoming eucs. Difficult access. Breeding not ruled out. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 25/12 #229599
Thu 22highlightAustralasian Bittern
Private dam called 'Lake Eyre' at 218 Waterhouse Road east of Bridport.
I was looking out in the N.E. for the Bittern because I had heard it at Big Waterhouse Lake earlier in December. Further information
Louise Brooker 11/1 #229777
Cape Barren Goose
Howie Island, Robbins Passage
Pair of birds with non-flying chicks. Also, amongst 16 sp. of residents, a couple of dozen Golden Plover and Ruddy Turnstone. Non-flying Pacific Gull and Black Swan chicks also. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 22/12 #229578
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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