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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.

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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.

March 2015
Wed 4highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Adventure Bay
At least 30 birds; low, just above the tree line. Just north of Adventure Bay near the berry farm.
Dan Eyles 4/3 #222420

February 2015
Sat 28highlightWhite-throated Needletail
200+ seen over Swanwick Recreation Reserve and golf course from 5.30 pm until 6.30 pm. Actively feeding at low and higher levels on prolific insects. Weather warm, part-cloud, humid. Flock moved to much higher levels and moved away to the east.
Graeme Bullock 1/3 #222391
Tue 24highlightMasked Owl
Sandy Bay
Single bird sitting on the pole where the electricity connects to my house. Reasonable views over several minutes with binoculars from less than ten metres away. Circle clearly visible around flattish face. Bird 40-45cm long and very solid. Wings brown and striped, lighter under body. Very excited to see this in my suburban yard.
Ian Lundy 24/2 #222345
Sun 22highlightNankeen Night Heron (1)
Cockle Creek, Tasmania
Foraging at dusk along the edge of Cockle Creek. Viewed well from the Cockle Creek bridge. Photo will be posted to the eBird checklist when I have suitable internet access. eBird checklist Further information
James Telford 25/2 #222347
highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Mt Nelson Primary School
At least 19 birds circling at 6 pm.
Andrew Hingston, Tarn Hingston 23/2 #222332
highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Sandy Bay
5 separate birds flying high over Sandy Bay over a period of about 20 minutes from 6 pm. All birds heading north.
Paul Brooks 22/2 #222327
highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Flock sighted foraging over forest just south of the Shot Tower at around 5.10pm. Sighted while driving so accurate count not possible but at least 20 birds seen.
Paul Brooks 22/2 #222326
highlightWhite-throated Needletail (36)
Tabors Road, Margate
On full alert, as storm fronts headed towards my home from the south. Needletails appeared with the second front heading north in small groups, before they turned south again together, allowing an accurate count. They hovered over our home for a minute or two, then moved on as rain started.
Rob and James Hamilton 22/2 #222317
Wed 18Grey Goshawk (white morph)
Heybridge (old Tioxide Site)
Flying through trees on western side of the site.
Frank & Lennice Wilson 19/2 #222293
Fluttering Shearwater
Sisters Beach
Single beach-washed specimen.
Richard Ashby 18/2 #222285
Mon 16Striated Fieldwren
Oyster Cove (Putalina)
A single Striated Fieldwren singing on top of the grasses east of the first footbridge early this morning, around 8:30.
Els Wakefield, Bruce Robertson and Pieter De Groot Boersma. 16/2 #222260
highlightSwift Parrot
Oyster Cove (Putalina)
Two or three Swift Parrots calling near the first footbridge in the morning sun.
Els Wakefield 16/2 #222259
highlightForty-spotted Pardalote
Oyster Cove (Putalina)
Two Forty-spotted Pardalote feeding and calling 8:30 am from the trees near the first footbridge.
Els Wakefield 16/2 #222258
Sun 15highlightSouth Polar Skua, Bullers Shearwater, Gould's Petrel
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
A single pale morph South Polar Skua was the highlight of a pelagic trip off Eaglehawk Neck. Other good birds included Bullers Shearwater (2), Gould's Petrel (1), Wandering Albatross (2+), Antipodean Albatross (2+)
Rohan Clarke et al. 23/2 #222336
Sat 14Lewin's Rail
Oyster Cove (Putalina Aboriginal Reserve)
As reported, in the creek bed to the left near the first bridge on the walking track just past the buildings. The Reserve is just off Old Station Road to the right, which is off Manuka Road to the left.
Chris and Rosemary Lester, Tim Bawden and Jan Smith 14/2 #222228
Fri 13Lewin's Rail
Oyster Cove (Putalina)
One Lewin's Rail seen again today near first bridge by Putalina buildings.
Paul Taylor and Pam Smith 13/2 #222224
Thu 12highlightBlack-winged Stilt
Lake Dulverton Conservation Area (Oatlands)
One juvenile on the south-eastern most lake, just south of the walkway between the lakes, with a pair of Greenshank. [Moderator's Note - good to know this guys is still around. Hopefully, the others are still there somewhere] eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski 14/2 #222238
Lewin's Rail
Oyster Cove (Putalina)
Single bird still showing well - approx a dozen forays out onto the mud over the space of a quarter of an hour.
John Tongue 12/2 #222217
Forty-spotted Pardalote
Piersons Point, Tinderbox Peninsula
Single bird very obliging, and showing well, and another one or two (possibly) heard in woodland nearby. First I've seen at this site, though around the Tinderbox Peninsula in general is one of the strongholds, and Peter Murrell Reserve is not very far away.
John Tongue 12/2 #222216
highlightFreckled Duck, Latham's Snipe, Blue-billed Duck
Goulds Lagoon
7 Freckled Duck and one Latham's Snipe at southern end, and one (probably young male) Blue-billed Duck [Moderator's note: possible first record for this site] near hide with Black Ducks and Mallards [Moderator's note: Mallards at this site are not purebred].
Paul Taylor and Pam Smith 12/2 #222210
Wed 11highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Waterworks Reserve (Dynnyrne/Ridgeway)
Eight birds observed flying high above Waterworks at 16:35 today as a front came through.
Els Wakefield and Sonja Ross 11/2 #222203
Fluttering Shearwater (beachwashed)
Preservation Bay (west of Penguin)
Found at high tide mark.
Frank Wilson 11/2 #222202
Tue 10highlightFreckled Duck
Goulds Lagoon
3 seen amongst usual Chestnut and Grey Teal, several Shovelers and Black Ducks.
Paul Taylor and Pam Smith 10/2 #222189
Sat 7highlightMottled Petrel
Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
Close views of one bird and distant views of possibly two others. eBird checklist
Mona Loofs-Samorzewski and all aboard the Pauletta. 23/2 #222334
Fri 6highlightBlack-winged Stilt
Tamar Island Wetlands
2 adults and 1 juvenile in the lake north of the entrance.
Ian Jury 6/2 #222136
Wed 4highlightWhite-throated Needletail
Up to 100 circling overhead at dusk, above the 'village'. Smaller numbers also seen by me and other Bush Blitz observers in the Corinna area on several days during the previous week.
Simon Grove and several other observers from the Tarkine Bush Blitz team 7/2 #222150
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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