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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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February 2016
Fri 12megamegaBlack-tailed Godwit
Orielton Lagoon
One Black-tailed Godwit, still with 63 Bar-tailed Godwits and two Red Knots at Orielton Lagoon today. The flock moved between the sewage works and the causeway. The flight shot attached shows the white wing bars and white rump, compared to the Bar-tailed Godwits.
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski and Karen Dick 12/2 #226556
Wed 10megamegaBlack-tailed Godwit
Orielton Lagoon
Sighted with 2 Red Knots and about 58 Bar-tailed Godwits on western shoreline at 8am today (about 2 hours before high tide).
Michael Brown 10/2 #226531
Sat 6megamegaKermadec Petrel
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
A solitary intermediate morph photographed by Els Wakefield. Other photos available. [This is likely to be the third record for Tasmania - PB]
Els Wakefield and all those on board the Pauletta trip led by Phil Maher 8/2 #226522
Tue 2Grey Goshawk
215 Proctors Road, Kingston
Sighting of Grey Goshawk sitting in trees near our house for the past 4 days eBird checklist
Annaline Cronje 2/2 #226456
Mon 1Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Sulphur Creek
Bird seen in the area for approx. a week.
Frank & Lennice Wilson 10/2 #226529

January 2016
Sun 31highlightRed Knot, Common Sandpiper
Orielton Lagoon
Two Red Knots still with a large group of Bar-tailed Godwits (about 30) feeding on south side of causeway at low tide. The Common Sandpiper was on the northern rocky edge of the causeway quite close to Midway Point.
Chris and Rosemary Lester 31/1 #226439
Sat 30megamegaBullers, Sub-Antarctic Little and Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Gould's Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
The BirdLife Australia pelagic trip off Eaglehawk Neck was a very successful trip with a trifecta of uncommon shearwaters (Bullers, Sub-Antarctic Little and Wedge-tailed Shearwater). These were the first Wedge-tailed Shearwaters that have been reported off Eaglehawk Neck in over 100 trips. Also Gould's Petrel and 3 Long-tailed Jaegers. eBird checklist Further information
Rohan Clarke et al. 7/2 #226506
Fri 29megamegaWhite-necked Petrel, Cook's Petrel, South-Polar Skua, Buller's Shearwater
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
The BirdLife Australia pelagic trip off Eaglehawk Neck scored some nice birds including White-necked Petrel (about the 5th for Tassie), Cook's Petrel, Gould's Petrel, South Polar Skua and Buller's Shearwater. eBird checklist Further information
Rohan Clarke et al. 7/2 #226505
Thu 28Blue-winged Parrot
Mt Wellington, Hobart
Mt Wellington; near summit, in the area of Dead Island.
Russell Twining 30/1 #226432
Wed 27Short-tailed Shearwater
Bay of Fires (The Gardens), 600 metres offshore
Single flock ~ took 55 minutes to fly past ~ approximate spread of flock 65 kms ~ approx 8 to 12 birds /metre between 3 and 5 million birds: amazing they just kept coming! Maybe not of interest as a species but the numbers were just remarkable...once in a lifetime...
Mike Sale 27/1 #226396
Mon 25White-bellied Sea Eagle with fledgling
Sulphur Creek
White-bellied Sea Eagle, with fledgling, flew towards their favourite roosting spot overlooking the sea.
Frank Wilson 25/1 #226380
Sat 23Banded Lapwing
Moorland Beach
Two Banded Lapwing along waters edge south of Moorland Point. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield and Mona-Loofs Samorzewski 23/1 #226354
Fri 22highlightLewin's Rail and Brown Quail
Wallaby Island, Robbins Passage
At least one Lewin's Rail heard calling 6 or 8 times from Samphire while preparing for and doing the Summer Wader Count. One Brown Quail seen and 2 or more heard calling frequently from scrub on the island during the same period
John and Shirley Tongue 22/1 #226345
Wed 20Australian Shelduck
Staggs Creek
c 1130 birds on farm dam immediately east of Bass Hwy about 10km south of Sassafras. Unusually dry conditions. This dam still 1/3 full. [Moderator's note - not an unusual species, but clearly unusual numbers].
Richard Ashby 20/1 #226318
Spotted Quail-thrush
Ben Lomond National Park
A female on the road, carrying food (to young?), about 2/3 of the way between the start of the gravel track and the toilet/picnic site. Also Scrubtit
Philip Precey 20/1 #226316
Sun 17highlightCommon Sandpiper
Orielton Lagoon
Flew in to the causeway and foraged right in front of me until it was flushed by some cyclists. eBird checklist
Paul Brooks 4/2 #226478
Sat 16highlightRed Knot
Orielton Lagoon
Two Red Knot seen today with the Godwit flock beside the causeway. eBird checklist
Rob Hamilton 16/1 #226264
Fri 15White-bellied Sea Eagle
Seabrook Golf Course, Wynyard
"Circling bird lunges at flying trio of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos and catches one in its talons. Much commotion contributed to by Forest Raven and remaining cockatoos. Load deemed unmanageable and bird released. Injured party and two companions fly into tree canopy for protection."
David Raw relating to Richard Ashby 30/1 #226425
highlightCommon Sandpiper
Orielton Lagoon
One single bird observed again after original sighting in corner of lagoon at start of Sorell Causeway, Midway Pt end. Bird flew in and landed in front of us while we stood on the walkway along the causeway. It then preened and walked off along the shoreline to feed. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield and Mona-Loofs Samorzewski 23/1 #226355
Thu 14highlightCommon Sandpiper
Orielton Lagoon
Bird seen at Midway Pt end of Sorell causeway whilst doing a circuit of Orielton Lagoon with Vern Hansson. About 11:30 am.
Mick Brown 17/1 #226279
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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