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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


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

August 2014
Sat 30Tree Martin
Alum Cliffs Track (Kingston)
One bird seen above the cliffs overlooking Taroona. Two seen in same area on Sunday 31st.
Simon Grove 31/8 #219470
highlightBlue Petrel, Soft-plumaged Petrel, White-chinned Petrel, Salvin's Albatross
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Highlights of today's Eaglehawk Neck pelagic were one Blue Petrel, two White-chinned Petrels, one adult Salvin's Albatross, at least one Soft-plumaged Petrel and several White-headed Petrels. I will upload a full report onto the SOSSA website soon. Further information
Nikolas Haass and all on board of the Pauletta 30/8 #219454
Mon 25highlightSwift Parrot
Taroona Park
A few calling from flowering bluegums in park and along foreshore.
Simon Grove 25/8 #219378
Sun 24Little Egret
Narawntapu National Park
Single bird on tidal flats.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 25/8 #219375
Tree Martin
Narawntapu National Park
Handful of birds hunting over the lake, very early.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 25/8 #219373
Sat 23Wedge-tailed Eagle
Bruny Island Main Road (South Island)
2 Wedge-tailed Eagles sitting beside the road. They flew off as we approached; one was clutching a very dark Brush-tailed Possum. eBird checklist
Kathy Costello, Val La May 27/8 #219400
Common Diving Petrel
Bruny Island Cruises Trip ex Adventure Bay
Some only a few metres from the boat on our return trip to Adventure Bay. eBird checklist
Kathy Costello, Val La May 27/8 #219398
highlightAzure Kingfisher
Sisters Beach, NW
Single bird fishing at Sisters Creek footbridge on a low tide.
Richard Ashby 23/8 #219333
Thu 21highlightWhite-necked Heron
Bass Hwy south of Rocky Cape National Park
Single bird flying.
Richard Ashby 21/8 #219308
Wed 20Peregrine Falcon
Riding in a bus near the east end of Davey Street we saw a Peregrine Falcon chasing a small flock of feral pigeons. eBird checklist
Kathy Costello, Val La May 26/8 #219388
Sun 17highlightLewin's Rail
Oyster Cove at the usual site
One Lewin's Rail in creek bed below second bridge this time so slightly further east. Only visible at low tide.
Els Wakefield and Lachie Clark 17/8 #219270
Thu 14highlightWhite-necked Heron
Tollymore Road, Table Cape, Wynyard
Single bird flying.
Richard Ashby 15/8 #219213
Tue 12Eastern Curlew
East Inlet, Stanley
Six birds flushed from small bay at western margin of inlet.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton. 12/8 #219181
highlightWhite-necked Heron
Trowutta Rd, 12km south of Smithton
Single bird with small numbers of Black Duck, Wood Duck and Shelduck in paddock of curly kale.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton 12/8 #219180
Sat 9Ruddy Turnstone
Moorland Beach
18 birds seen.
Frank Wilson 9/8 #219126
Double-banded Plover
Moorland Beach
12 birds in breeding plumage feeding frantically, nice and plump.
Frank Wilson 9/8 #219125
Fri 8Blue-billed Duck, Australasian Grebe
Mud Walls Rd
3 Blue-billed Ducks in Ellesmere Dam. 1 Australasian Grebe in small dam at the intersection of Lovely Banks Rd and Richmond Rd.
Tim Collins 8/8 #219101
Wed 6highlightLewin's Rail
Oyster Cove
3 Lewin's Rail at usual site this morning.
Tim Collins 6/8 #219056
Sun 3highlightWhite-necked Heron (1), Banded Lapwing (4)
From Midlands Highway 10km S of Perth
One White-necked Heron feeding in damp area of field, also four Banded Lapwings in same area.
Keith Reid 4/8 #219020
highlightLewin's Rail
Oyster Cove Aboriginal Land (Putalina)
This morning there were two Lewin's Rails observed feeding along the creek edges. The morning light was better than previous visits allowing good views and photographs.
Els Wakefield, Mona Loofs-Samorzewski and Rob Hamilton 3/8 #219008
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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