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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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September 2016
Fri 23Australian Shelduck
Hopeless Plains, south of Smithton
Adult bird dive bombing chicks forcing them to submerge, presumably to hone their raptor evasion reflexes.
Richard Ashby 23/9 #228640
Thu 22Wedge-tailed Eagle
Allens Rivulet
Pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles on a high branch, spotted because they were being harassed by ravens.
Marty de la Motte 22/9 #228627
Wed 21Wedge-tailed Eagle
Wondering what might be for breakfast.
Bill Scott-Young 22/9 #228633
Great Crested Grebe
Tamar River, Deviot
Three birds observed in the Tamar River from the bridge near the Supply River Flour Mill car park, Deviot. Approximately 600 metres from the shore.
Helen Cunningham and Charlie Price 21/9 #228616
Sat 17Curlew Sandpiper
Smithton Sewage Ponds
Six birds feeding/loafing with Red-capped Plover and a Black-fronted Dotterel in shallow pools. Looks like flocks of multiple hundreds are a thing of the past.
Richard Ashby 17/9 #228569
Latham's Snipe
32 birds flushed just north of Rotaract Park, a very reliable site in season.
Richard Ashby 17/9 #228568
Mon 12Tawny Frogmouth
Sisters Beach
Freshly road-killed specimen. Species seen/heard here very infrequently.
Richard Ashby 13/9 #228515
Ruddy Turnstone
Marion Bay
As previously reported a few days ago, a single Ruddy Turnstone seen on the beach with the Hooded Plovers. Further information
Bruce Wedderburn 13/9 #228512
Sun 11Striated Fieldwren
Bonnet Hill
One Striated Fieldwren in open paddock near Harpers Road this morning. First one I have seen here, seems a little bit outside the normal areas where they are found.
Keith Reid 11/9 #228488
Fri 9megamegaSnares Penguin
Tasman National Park--The Blowhole
Single Snares Penguin observed and photographed near The Blowhole at Eaglehawk Neck. Parks and Wildlife officers took the bird into care the same day.
Warren Donnelly per Paul Brooks 14/9 #228528
highlightAzure Kingfisher
Sisters Beach
Pair of squealing birds flushed from vicinity of footbridge on Sisters Ck.
Richard Ashby 13/9 #228514
highlightSacred Kingfisher
Cockle Creek
One Sacred Kingfisher perched over the water just upstream of the road bridge. Seen very well but alas no photos.
Rohan Clarke 9/9 #228473
Sun 4highlightFiordland Penguin
Rocky Bay near Cockle Creek
Approx coordinates of sighting: -43.565578, 146.887360
Sue Cook 5/9 #228431
Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Cades Drive, Kingston
Swooping to attack Tasmanian Native Hen chicks in rural area. eBird checklist
Andrew Klekociuk 4/9 #228422
Fri 2highlightPainted Buttonquail
Queens Domain (Hobart)
At least two birds observed in short grass on the north side of the hill during the 2016 BioBlitz twilight bird survey. Initially spotted scuttling in front of the group by an eagle-eyed young member of the Derwent Sea Scouts; the identity of the birds was confirmed as they skulked off under the she-oaks. Atypical habitat; birds could not be relocated during subsequent searches over several days, although some evidence of platelet-making was found. eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski and Paul Brooks 14/9 #228527

August 2016
Fri 26Australian Reed Warbler
Tamar Island Wetlands
Brief (one second) burst of song from reeds.
Richard Ashby 27/8 #228349
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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