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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. Register for weekly email notifications.

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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.

May 2015
Sun 24highlightWestland Petrel (1), Soft-plumaged Petrel (2), White-headed Petrel (1)
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
A single Westland Petrel was the highlight of a fine day out on the Pauletta today. Other good sightings include 2 Soft-plumaged Petrels, both seen while motoring back to port, and a White-headed Petrel.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 24/5 #223347
Sat 23Eurasian Coot
Lake Leake
c2000 birds near boatramp and carpark. [Moderator's comment - Not an unusual species, but that's a good number, even for Coots].
Richard Ashby 25/5 #223366
highlightSpotted Quail-Thrush
Lake Leake
Two beautifully-plumaged specimens in woodland metres from car park.
Richard Ashby 25/5 #223365
Fri 22megamegaWhite Plumed Honeyeater
Peter Murrell Reserve Sth of Hobart
Friday morning about 11.30 Peter Murrell reserve. We took it standing on the bank of the bigger dam looking into the White gums towards the school. There was 3 of them and when we got a shot of one thought nothing more of it as they are common here in Bendigo. It was only when we got home that we realised they don't usually occur in Tassie. [Moderator's note - would be good if locals could follow-up on this rare sighting]
Greg and Janice McKay 27/5 #223387
highlightPink-eared Duck
Gould's Lagoon
Single bird roosting on the north side of the hide this morning. At least seven freckled ducks also present. Very high water levels at present.
Karen Dick 22/5 #223312
Thu 21Grey and Brown Goshawk
An interesting assortment and behaviour of Goshawks this afternoon. While driving west on the Bass Highway, a white morph Grey Goshawk was noted on a light pole just to the east of the Sprent Road overpass, with a Brown Goshawk on the light pole just to the west of the overpass. On the way east some hours later, the Grey Goshawk was still present, but one pole further to the east. When I was able, I turned around and headed back for a photograph. It would not allow very close approach before flying to the next light pole, so I walked back to the car and had to pass the bird again before I could turn around. As I drove up to it, not one but two Grey Goshawks flew back overhead.
John Tongue 21/5 #223307
Mon 18highlightBlue-billed Duck
Copper Creek, Hopeless Plains south of Smithton.
Six birds on farm dam. Also c. 490 Pacific Gulls 12km from nearest saltwater.
Richard Ashby 19/5 #223286
Sun 17Mating White-bellied Sea Eagles
Sulphur Creek
Two birds in the trees behind our home in Sulphur Creek had been calling to each other throughout the day and were seen mating late in the afternoon. The birds have been using the trees as perches through late summer feeding on Australian Salmon that have been schooling in the bay.
Frank Wilson 17/5 #223274
Sat 9Nankeen Night Heron
Bells Parade, Latrobe
Nine birds keeping a very low daytime profile in the usual riparian vegetation.
Richard Ashby. Hazel Britton. 9/5 #223191
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Shrub End Road, Wattle Hill
2 young birds perched on fence about 60 metres from homestead and outbuildings; wingspan 1-1.5m on launching; adult bird observed flying low across paddock at about 80 metres; wingspan 2.5-3m.
Paul Kregor 9/5 #223189
Fri 8highlightNankeen NIght Heron
Crooked Tree Point, Cygnet
A group of about 8 birds, adults plus juveniles, have just set up camp here . On this small point of land we also have resident flocks of White-faced Heron and Great Egrets. Each group seems to keep to itself.
John Wilkins 16/5 #223263
Thu 7highlightWhite-necked Heron
Nairn Rd, Ranelagh, Huon Valley
Individual bird observed in farm dam near junction of Elizabeth St and Nairn Rd (approx 505539 mE / 5238737 mN).
Emily Clare Leaman 7/5 #223168
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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