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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.

September 2014
Thu 25highlightArctic Tern
Copper Cove, Narawntapu National Park
A beach washed bird found by Julie Serafin. Measurements and plumage fit this species as described in Handbook of Australian Seabirds by Serventy 1971. [Moderator's Note] Sorry for the confusion - this beach-washed bird was FOUND on the 5th of Sep, but the report was received on the 25th!
Julie Serafin and Hazel Britton 25/9 #219893
Sun 21highlightAzure Kingfisher (2)
D'Entrecasteaux River
Single bird initially seen perched on a dead branch overhanging the river. It disappeared for a while but then it, or a second bird, was seen flying to a perch on the other side of the river; at this point, the other bird called from the opposite bank (out of sight). eBird checklist
Paul Brooks 21/9 #219837
Wed 17Eastern Curlew
Bonnington, Cambridge
Seventeen birds roosting on marshes at Bonnington south of the Spit and Oyster sheds.
Els Wakefield 18/9 #219761
Double-banded Plover
Bonnington, Cambridge
One Double-banded Plover in breeding plumage and 33 Red-necked Stint along Spit.
Els Wakefield 18/9 #219760
Mon 15Scrubtit, Wedge-tailed Eagle
Mt Field National Park
Good views of 1x Scrubtit in the Wombat Moors alpine heathland ~1km from Lake Dobson. This seemed unusual habitat than the usual rainforest gullies. 1x Wedge-tailed Eagle seen flying over the Derwent River near New Norfolk enroute to Mt Field.
Jon and Sarah Spicer-Bell 15/9 #219720
Sun 14Swift Parrot
Sisters Beach
Couple of birds heard. Species not seen or heard by me in NW since Dec 2013 despite much Atlassing.
Richard Ashby 16/9 #219731
Wed 10Masked Owl
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
A single bird has been roosting during the day on the 10th, 11th and 12th September in a red gum beside the museum near the traffic lights on the junction of Macquarie and Argyle Steets. Further information
Els Wakefield 16/9 #219734
Mon 8highlightMasked Owl
Sisters Beach Rd
Probable male seen briefly in car headlamps at 1945 in mature eucalypt woodland. Too pale and small for female. Species seen in area previously as roadkill. Could also be Barn Owl but these are very rare in Tasmania.
Richard Ashby 9/9 #219602
Sat 6Shining Bronze Cuckoo
Bicentennial Park (Mount Nelson)
Calling from the gully above Churchill Avenue during a morning field-trip of the Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club.
Simon Grove 8/9 #219573
Thu 4highlightMasked Owl (2), Morepork
Ridgeway Park
On the western side of the reservoir at around 1040 hrs, a Masked Owl called and another responded immediately with a screech and trill. After a period of silence, one bird flew over the road towards the reservoir and was lost to sight. Shortly after, the other bird gave another brief trill. Morepork heard calling sporadically from somewhere above Ridgeway from 0945-1145 hrs. eBird checklist
Paul Brooks 5/9 #219526
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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