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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.

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Moderators' Note

The Fairy Tern Monitoring Group has asked that if anyone is aware of nesting Fairy Terns (i.e. a colony hidden away on a sandbank somewhere) to contact Chris Chandler, email

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

April 2015
Mon 20White-fronted Chat, Pied Oystercatcher, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Common Greenshank
N end Blackman Bay, S of Marion Bay Road
Flock of 20+ White-fronted Chats on salt marsh near road. Juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle flushed 50+ Pied Oystercatcher from mud flats. 2 Common Greenshank feeding in shallows.
Darryl Eggins 21/4 #223034
Double-banded Plover, Red-capped Plover, Sooty Oystercatcher
Dunalley Beach, Forestier Peninsula
6 Double-banded Plover, 4 Red-capped Plover, single Sooty Oystercatcher feeding on exposed sandflats at low tide.
Darryl Eggins 21/4 #223033
Doubled-banded Plover
Mouth of Sulphur Creek
2 birds seen resting at high tide with 4 Red-capped Plovers.
Frank & Lennice Wilson 20/4 #223025
Tue 14megamegaGrey Goshawk (grey morph)
4 Fysh street Queenstown
Approximately 4-4:30pm [Moderator's Note - though the species is not a 'Mega', the grey morph probably is!]
Patricia Hodge 15/4 #222969
Sun 12highlightBlack-bellied Storm Petrel, Soft-plumaged Petrel and White-headed Petrel
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
1 Black-bellied Storm Petrel, 2 Soft-plumaged Petrels and 5 White-headed Petrels were the highlights of a very rough trip. All of the birds gave close and extended views.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 13/4 #222946
Mon 6highlightWhite-necked Heron
Sisters Beach
Single bird on near-empty farm dam.
Richard Ashby 7/4 #222864
Sat 4Cattle Egret
Lake Crescent
10 Cattle Egrets along the edge of the lake feeding in the grasses.
Els Wakefield, Tony and Margaret Baker 4/4 #222834
Blue-billed Duck
Lake Crescent Central Highlands
Two female Blue-billed Duck on a shallow pond beside the lake feeding close to shore among the triglochin plants.
Els Wakefield, Tony and Margaret Baker 4/4 #222833
highlightWhite-throated Needletail
South Hobart
Small loose group of 4-5 needletails flying high overhead above my house, 1210 on a warm, slightly humid day, heading northwest. Alerted to their presence by their twittering call again, which carries very well. eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski 4/4 #222828
Thu 2highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Devonport City
7 observed slowly heading NW, shortly after a period of moderate rain.
James Melville 2/4 #222811
Wed 1Rainbow Lorikeet
Blackstone Heights, Launceston
Group of 5, first time we have seen them, been here 25 years.
John Lewis 2/4 #222817

March 2015
Tue 31highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Mt Nelson/Tolmans Hill/Dynnyrne/Sandy Bay
Loose flock of 200+ spread over Mt Nelson, Tolmans Hill, Dynnyrne and Sandy Bay between 1500 and 1700 hrs. The flock shifted and separated and coalesced and was a long way away at times, so it was difficult to get an accurate gauge of numbers, but they were obviously feeding from tree height up to very high. There were several separate hatchings of flying insects from my and my neighbours' yards and I suppose this was happening all over the area, providing the food source.
Paul Brooks 8/4 #222885
highlightStubble Quail
McKenna's Road, Gawler, Tasmania
Two Quail seen, but only one bird seen well enough for positive identification. We were in a stationary vehicle on a dirt road watching Flame Robins perched on a fence line. When a quail came to the edge of the grass and then retreated. It was immediately noticeably different from Brown Quail. Pale markings on head with conspicuous off white stripe above and behind red eye, throat pale. General appearance of bird was smaller and paler than the Tas. race of Brown Quail, with strong narrow markings on back wing coverts and sides of chest. A second bird was seen moving through the grass behind the first bird. Road flanked by arable farmland with some grassy paddocks, ploughed fields and crop stubble. Roadsides with rank grass and dry seeded grass supporting large flocks of Starlings, House Sparrows and Goldfinches.
Hazel Britton and Alison Parks 31/3 #222790
Sun 29highlightWhite-throated Needletail
West Mooreville Rd, south of Burnie
Two birds under low cloud base seen from moving car. Sightings very thin these last few years.
Richard and Erica Ashby 29/3 #222757
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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