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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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Recent Sightings


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December 2014
Sat 20Latham's Snipe
Single bird - passing through back yard.
Rose Brown 20/12 #221403
Sun 14Australian Owlet-nightjar
Shag Bay Heritage Trail
This bird was spotted while checking a tree hollow previously used as a nest site by Blue-winged Parrots in December 2013.
Anne & Graham Collins 16/12 #221362
Sat 13highlightCommon Sandpiper
A single bird is still present at 'the fish pond' on the eastern end of Buttons Beach. eBird checklist
Rob Hamilton 14/12 #221333
Sat 6highlightLong-tailed Jaeger (2), White-headed Petrel (4), Sooty Shearwater (80+)
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Two Long-tailed Jaegers (1 dark, 1 light) appeared briefly, as did 4 White-headed Petrels. At least 80 Sooty Shearwaters were encountered during the day - a very high count for Eaglehawk - including a raft of around 70 birds. Beyond the shelf, they were far more common than Short-tailed Shearwaters and there were always a few around the boat. Jaeger photo courtesy of Rob Hamilton.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 9/12 #221271
highlightMottled Petrel (5)
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Five birds seen well on today's trip. Photo courtesy of Rob Hamilton.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 9/12 #221270
highlightGould's Petrel (12)
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
At least a dozen birds seen well on today's trip - another dozen seen too distantly to be confident of ID. Photo courtesy of Rob Hamilton.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 9/12 #221269
highlightCook's Petrel (4)
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Four birds seen well and a possible fifth on today's trip. Photo courtesy of Rob Hamilton.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 9/12 #221268
highlightBlack-bellied Storm Petrel (2)
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Close views of two different birds on today's trip. Photo courtesy of Rob Hamilton.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 9/12 #221267
Fri 5Cape Barren Geese
4 birds seen feeding in paddocks on the eastern entrance to Hadspen.
Frank Wilson 5/12 #221185
Banded Lapwing, Striated Fieldwren & Latham's Snipe
Highclere, Hampshire & Lake Waratah
A good days cycling/birding. 6+ Banded Lapwing approx 5 km SW of Highclere, then Striated Fieldwren on the approaches to Hampshire and finally a (possibly 2) Latham's Snipe at Lake Waratah.
Rodger Willows 5/12 #221179
Tue 2Eastern Curlew
Pelican Point, George's Bay, St Helens
6 Eastern Curlew foraging at low tide on the mudflats. Red-necked Stint (flocks of approx. 40) also foraging in the same area.
Liz Znidersic and Ian May 7/12 #221206

November 2014
Sat 29Australian Spotted Crake
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
2 birds 'frolicking' or so it seemed. Southern end of lagoon very close to Hestercombe Rd.
Jason Bolch 30/11 #221084
Latham's Snipe
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
2 birds flushed from cover close to water at northern end.
Jason Bolch 30/11 #221083
Banded Lapwing
Esk Hwy before Avoca
A pair with their young were sighted close to highway (main road), also saw another pair on the wing crossing Royal George Road.
Jason Bolch 30/11 #221082
Fri 28highlightFreckled Duck
Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
Half a dozen birds roosting. Single Latham's Snipe flushed from west bank just south of hide.
Richard Ashby 30/11 #221096
Mon 24Black Swan (breeding)
Roaring Beach Lagoon
A pair of Black Swans with five cygnets was observed on the lagoon. In nine years of observations at this site, this is the first sighting of a breeding pair.
Cath de Little 24/11 #221014
Swift Parrot, Bar-tailed Godwit
Bir Roaring Beach, Surveyors Bay
Five Swift Parrots observed flying between two young blue gums (Eucalyptus globulus) in flower, with their unmistakable chattering and calling. A lone Bar-tailed Godwit was ramming its bill into the wet tidal sand; only the second sighting on this beach, first in 2006.
Cath de Little 24/11 #221013
Sun 23highlightLathams Snipe
Hydro Bay, Arthurs Lake
At least a dozen birds disturbed while walking across the marsh leading down to the lake.
Bill Scott-Young 23/11 #220996
Sat 22highlightSharp-tailed Sandpiper
Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve--Flacks Rd
9 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper observed on the lagoon edge amongst the samphire (sarcocornia). 4 Pacific Golden Plover and 25 Red-necked Stint on mudflat foraging.
Liz Znidersic 7/12 #221207
highlightSwift Parrot
Tatnells Hill, above Waterfall Bay, Tasman Peninsula
Perhaps forty or so Swift Parrots in very active and noisy small parties among the wet scrubland by the coastal track on the E side of Tatnells Hill, above the Eucalyptus delegatensis treeline. The birds seemed to be feeding in low vegetation and periodically flying up into the scattered myrtle and other trees. I could never confirm feeding, but the most likely blossoms for them would be Richea dracophylla or Anopterus glandulosus - not exactly typical parrot-food! On the subject of Swift Parrots, those that were around Taroona in the spring have now moved on, but I'm still hearing and seeing those that have been hanging around flowering bluegums at Rosny College and the Rosny Hill TMAG facility for the past few weeks.
Simon Grove 25/11 #221020
highlightSouthern Giant Petrel (white morph), Northern Royal Albatross, Salvin's Albatross etc.
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
A beautiful white morph Southern Giant Petrel was one of the highlights of this trip. The bird had clean, white plumage with no dark feathers at all but had dark eyes and bluish feet, so wasn't an albino. Photo courtesy of Rob Hamilton. Other highlights included 2 Northern Royal Albatross, 2 immature Salvin's Albatross, a White-headed Petrel and 5 Parasitic Jaegers, which is a high count for an Eaglehawk trip.
Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta 24/11 #221017
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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