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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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July 2015
Mon 27Eastern Curlew
Colchis Creek sandflats, St. Helens
One Eastern Curlew with 24 Bar-tailed Godwits.
Desmond James Wingfield 27/7 #223993
Fri 24Azure Kingfisher
Sisters Ck at Sisters Beach
Bird perched on handrail of footbridge!
Richard Ashby 24/7 #223976
Thu 23Fiordland Penguin
This animal was injured & referred by a member of the public to Department of Wildlife. It is now in care.
Lori Puster 27/7 #224001
Wed 22highlightFiordland Penguin (probably, from available photo)
Douglas Apsley National Park Seymour 10' Cell
While beach walking we came across a lone penguin standing around the high tide mark. As we had been observing Little Penguins the night before I noticed this bird was larger and had the yellow eyebrow markings.
Alec McBain 26/7 #223986
Mon 20Wedge-tailed Eagle
Tea Tree
3 birds circling a little north of town.
chris o'reilly 23/7 #223968
Sun 19Freckled Duck
Gould's Lagoon
6 birds sighted by visiting birder, Biggles Binns from Darwin. The species has become quite regular at Gould's Lagoon. [Moderators Note - this report was originally posted incorrectly as being at "Granton Lagoon"]
Darreyl "Biggles" Binns, per John Tongue 19/7 #223941
Sat 18Shining bronze cuckoo
Waverley Flora Park
I am including a picture of a shining bronze cuckoo which was taken on June 24, 2014. For the past two years the shining bronze cuckoo and fantail have appeared early June on a path I walk daily, I do not see them between March and early June so cannot say with certainty if they are early arrivals or not.
Vern Hansson 20/7 #223950
highlightGrey Petrel, Blue Petrel, Slender-billed Prion, Antarctic Prion
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
A sensational day out at sea with so many highlights including good numbers of Grey Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Prions giving great, close and extended views around the boat. Also a visit from the odd Slender-billed Prion. Thanks to Rohan Clarke for organising and leading this memorable event! The photo is of a Grey Petrel feeding around the boat.
Bernie OKeefe and the rest on the boat 19/7 #223945
Shining bronze cuckoo and fantail cuckoo
Waverley Flora Park
[Moderator's note - while Fantailed Cuckoos regularly overwinter, this is very early arrival for a Shining Bronze Cuckoo, or one overwintering]
Vern Hansson 19/7 #223942
Sun 12highlightAzure Kingfisher
Inglis River, Wynyard
Consolation prize at fifth failed attempt to find Forest Kingfisher.
Richard Ashby 12/7 #223877
Thu 9Dusky Woodwswallow
Kelcey Tier Nature Reserve
17 birds clumping together - early arrivals? or over-wintering?
John and Shirley Tongue 9/7 #223848
Wed 8Australian Owlet-nightjar
Heard calling during 10 sec walk from motel reception to room.
Richard Ashby 10/7 #223853
highlightSouthern Fulmar
Moorland Beach
A beach-washed bird, still fleshy. Further information
Julie Serafin, Hazel Britton 9/7 #223850
Sat 4megamegaAntarctic Tern, Blue Petrel, Grey Petrel, Antarctic Prion, Slender-billed Prion.
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Extended views of 2 Antarctic Tern, one in non-breeding plumage and one immature bird. There were 3 Blue Petrel, including extended views of one, 1 Grey Petrel, 1 Antarctic Prion and 2 Slender-billed Prion, as well as a good range of expected birds. eBird checklist
Rob Hamilton and 10 others on the Pauletta. 5/7 #223814

June 2015
Sun 28Common Bronzewing
Anthony's Beach picnic area, west of Stanley.
One bird flushed from road to perch. This is the furthest west in Tas we've ever seen the sp.
Richard Ashby. Hazel Britton. 28/6 #223735
highlightBlue-Billed Duck
Copper Ck, Hopeless Plains on Irishtown-Edith Ck rd south of Smithton.
35 birds, biggest flock we've seen in Tas, amongst eight sp of duck
Richard Ashby. Hazel Britton. 28/6 #223734
highlightPink-Eared Duck
Copper Ck, Hopeless Plains on Irishtown-Edith Ck road south of Smithton
Pair of birds amongst eight sp. of duck.
Richard Ashby. Hazel Britton. 28/6 #223733
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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