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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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February 2019
Wed 20megamegaPectoral Sandpiper, Double-banded Plovers and high numbers of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers
Lake Dulverton Conservation Area (Oatlands)
An extremely enjoyable expedition to Dulverton! The highlight, of course, was the beautiful Pec, as smartly attired and gentle mannered as always. It would only associate with the Double-banded Plovers, which gave me a real shock when I noticed first one, then another, among the Red-capped Plovers, standing out as being a richly cinnamon colour by comparison. Also worth noting is the astonishing numbers of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, enjoying the low water levels. There were well over fifty birds, and quite possibly a hundred! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 20/2 #236887
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Sulphur Creek
Juvenile bird seen flying from east to west south of the highway. eBird checklist
Frank & Lennice Wilson 20/2 #236884
Mon 18Little Corella
Old Beach
Over the last couple of weeks I've noticed several Little Corellas flying overhead - first time I've noticed them this far south in the State. They appear to be hanging out with our resident flock of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. eBird checklist
Suzanne Hedgecott 18/2 #236838
Sat 16Banded Lapwing
Little Swanport--Saltworks Rd
Observed 22 Banded Lapwing chasing a Forest Raven. Distant photo attached. eBird checklist
Nina Tsilikas and Giles Daubeney 18/2 #236835
Fri 15highlightEastern Curlew
Low Head
Nine eastern curlew seen feeding in the conservation area at Low Head at low tide . eBird checklist
Nina Tsilikas and Giles Daubeney 18/2 #236837
megamegaMagpie Lark
Prince of Wales Bay Marina, Derwent Park
I observed it for some 10 minutes. It appeared to be eating insects that had fallen off vehicles parked in the office carpark. eBird checklist
Pieter van der Woude 16/2 #236823
Wed 13White-bellied Sea Eagle
Sisters Island off Sisters Beach
Adult bird roosting in small, cave-like space in foliage, facing east to the sun, seemingly avoiding wet westerly squalls. Not used to this sp. being so wimpy, if this interpretation is correct. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 14/2 #236805
Mon 11highlightPink-eared Duck (17)
Penna Settling Ponds (restricted access)
The moment I started scanning the pinkies' favourite pond, hoping for last trips' pair, I was absolutely astonished to see more and more pinkies coming into view until fully seventeen of them were feeding, grooming and bobbing across the water in flocks! My highest count for Tasmania by a long, long way! eBird checklist
George Vaughan 11/2 #236787
Wed 6White-throated Needletail
Port Sorell
18 spotted at Squeaking Point around 6pm. [EDIT: numbers increased to 45+ one hour later) eBird checklist
James Melville 6/2 #236761
Tue 5Azure Kingfisher
Davey River Gorge
Sighted several times over 30 minutes and was observed feeding off the water numerous times. It was also accompanied by a Pink Robin on the same branch. eBird checklist
Pieter van der Woude 16/2 #236824
highlightFreckled Duck
Risdon Brook Park
At least 9 birds mid-way along the eastern shore of the dam, near the inlet arm. eBird checklist
Jean, Doug, Judy and Simon Smith 5/2 #236757
Sun 3Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Sandy Bay
Two Grey Goshawks beside McAulay Reserve. eBird checklist
Phil Reid 4/2 #236751
Fri 1highlightGrey Goshawk (white morph)
Sulphur Creek
Bird flying from tree to tree trying to get shelter from strong wind and heavy rain. eBird checklist
Frank and Lennice Wilson 12/2 #236795

January 2019
Mon 28Striated Fieldwren
Oyster Cove (Putalina)
One Striated Fieldwren seen east of the buildings flying into the bracken area. Suspect new record for this area. eBird checklist
Els Wakefield and Brian Johnston 30/1 #236704
Sat 26Rainbow Lorikeet
One group of 7 and another group of 5, flying over the houses on the west side of the river. eBird checklist
Bill Scott-Young 27/1 #236680
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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