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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 2018
Mon 24highlightWhite-necked Heron
Creekton Lagoon, Saundridge Rd. Cressy
Single bird feeding in roadside lagoon.
Bill Scott-Young 24/9 #235537
Sat 22Blue-billed Duck (16)
Lake Dulverton Conservation Area (Oatlands)
At least 16 Blue-billed Ducks relaxing in the corner of Lake Dulverton closest to the playground. Ten male and six female observed.
Anne Collins 22/9 #235509
Fri 21highlightCommon Sandpiper
Port Cygnet Sailing club
Single bird foraging under the boardwalk just before the sailing club.
Karen Dick 21/9 #235494
Wed 19highlightSwift Parrot
Bruny Island Ferry Terminal
Waiting for the 12.30pm ferry, a flock of about 40 parrots in the three gums next to the slipway.
Iain Blake 20/9 #235470
Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo
Notley Hills, Bridgenorth
2 Shining Bronze Cuckoos and single Pallid Cuckoo heard during the day.
Geoff Bromfield 19/9 #235466
Sun 16highlightSwift Parrot
Tandara Motor Inn, Triabunna
Saw flock of 20-30 Swift Parrots in gums behind motel Sunday morning.
Sheryl Bastin 20/9 #235475
Tue 11Little Egret
Don Heads, Devonport
Single bird, reliable winter visitor here.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 12/9 #235382
Dusky Woodswallow
Henslowes Reserve, Ulverstone
Dozen birds, first for season for us. Also Black-faced Cuckooshrike numbers building up.
Richard Ashby, Erica Ashby, Hazel Britton. 12/9 #235381
Mon 10highlightSalvin's Albatross
SW of King Island
Single bird observed and photographed at sea (GPS: -40.44, 143.34) by fisherman Damien Readett.
Dan Ashdown per comms Damien Readett 11/9 #235373
Sun 9megamegaBlack-shouldered Kite
Where Tollymore road meets Bass Highway. West of Wynyard
Driving along highway seen Hawk hovering, looked a bit different, went back photographed Black-shoulderd Kite. First time seen one here for me. It dived into grass and flew away with a rat.
Michael Hyland 9/9 #235358
Fri 7highlightSanderling
Marion Bay - Long Spit
One Sanderling amongst 50-odd Red-necked Stints on the beach towards the Narrows. Three Red-capped Plover and four pairs of Hooded Plovers and an immature hoodie.
Ruth Brozek 11/9 #235370
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Pacific Golden Plover and Blue-winged Parrot.
Orielton Lagoon
A very productive day at Orielton saw the discovery of a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in amongst the stints. It was pretty flighty, but allowed for some nice shots. I was also delighted to spot a lone Pacific Golden Plover on the flats... a very beautiful bird! The Blue-winged Parrot was flushed from shrubbery around the gull colony... seems very early.
George Vaughan 7/9 #235329
Forth Sewage ponds
67 Hardhead, plus a dozen or so Australasian Shoveler, a handful of Black Swans, and good numbers of Chestnut Teal and Eurasian Coots.
John Tongue 7/9 #235328
Tue 4Intermediate Egret
Cape Queen Elizabeth Track, Bruny Island
Observed foraging in Big Lagoon on Tuesday morning. Reported via ebird checklist 5/9. Didn’t have my camera with me so only managed a sketchy phone scope. [Moderator's Note - though the observer is confident of the ID, attempts are also being made at further confirmation]. [Further note - after various attempts to verify, it seems the consensus was Great Egret - unless there were two separate birds.]. eBird checklist
Donna Belder 6/9 #235315
Mon 3highlightSwift Parrot
University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
A single Swift Parrot spotted sitting on a gumtree branch and calling out.
Susanne Ferwerda 5/9 #235306
highlightFreckled Duck
Country Club Casino Pond
90+ Freckled Ducks persist in pond at the front of the Casino. Faint indications of bill reddening.
Rodger Willows and Alison Roach 3/9 #235294
Sun 2highlightBlue Petrel (5), Grey Petrel (3) Northern Royal Albatross (1) and White-headed Petrel (6
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Highlights of today's trip were 5 Blue Petrel, the first of which was encountered over just 85 fathoms, 3 Grey Petrel, an immature Northern Royal Albatross and 6 White-headed Petrel. We also had 9 Southern Royal Albatross in various plumage stages. eBird checklist
Paul Brooks 20/9 #235473
Sat 1highlightSouthern Giant Petrel (white morph), Grey Petrel (2) and White-headed Petrel (7)
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Highlights of today's trip were great views of a spectacular white morph Southern Giant Petrel, 2 Grey Petrel and 7 White-headed Petrel. We also had good numbers of great albatross, comprised of 3 exulans-type and 3 gibsoni-type Wandering Albatross plus 8 Southern Royal Albatross in various plumage stages. eBird checklist
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 20/9 #235472

August 2018
Fri 31highlightWhite-necked Heron
Albert Rd, Moonah
Single bird seen flying low and north at 3:30 pm. eBird checklist
Michael Dempsey 31/8 #235263
highlightSwift Parrot
Sisters Beach
Three birds flew over, calling noisily. First for season for me. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 31/8 #235262
Wed 29Black-faced Cuckooshrike
Cressy Road, Cressy
Two birds sitting on roadside fence. eBird checklist
Bill Scott-Young 30/8 #235246
Australian Magpie
Liawenee Canal, Central Highlands.
Sp. not normally seen on Central Plateau. Today 6 birds in trees at 1060 m, some singing, snowing lightly, 0 deg C at 0930 hrs. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 29/8 #235241
highlightCommon Sandpiper
The Fishpond, Ulverstone
Single bird here in appropriate season last 4y. eBird checklist
Richard Ashby 29/8 #235240
Tue 28Black-faced Cuckooshrike
West Tamar Highway, Riverside
Single bird flew over the road. eBird checklist
Geoff Bromfield 29/8 #235231
Mon 27Wedge-tailed Eagle
Valley View Dr, Riverside. Tas
4 Wedge-tailed Eagles observed flying and practising dives before two perched in a large, recently dead gum tree for ten minutes or so. Unusual to see this many eagles together in this urban area. Even more unusual to have them take a rest. The tree they perched in afforded them excellent views down the valley, which they flew down when they left, creating a fair amount of noise from all the resident local birds. eBird checklist
Greg Flynn 27/8 #235217
Sun 26highlightSacred Kingfisher
Inglis River, Wynyard
Roosting in paperbarks (mid-afternoon) 2-300 m south of the war memorial boat ramp. eBird checklist
Alastair & Marty Richardson 28/8 #235227
highlightWhite-necked Heron
Bass Hwy at Port Road, Boat Harbour
Flying westwards. eBird checklist
Alastair Richardson 26/8 #235205
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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