Re: Tasmanian endemics

Subject: Re: Tasmanian endemics
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 09:02:35 +1000

The simple answer to this question is that you are best off basing yourself
in Hobart, where all the endemics are accessible easily.  If you are lucky
you can see them all in a morning.  A lot of people go straight to Bruny
Island to try for the Forty spotted Pardalote.  This isn't strictly
necessary because they can usually be found at Tinderbox.  However they are
more reliable on Bruny, and there are access difficulties with Tinderbox
(ie it is private land).  Some of the other endemics are usually a bit
easier to see on Bruny (eg Dusky Robin) but one or two are more easily
found near Hobart (eg Scrubtit).

So in summary if you give yourself two days in Hobart (which gives you the
chance to go to Bruny by car ferry on the second day to catch up with the
ones you have missed) you could be almost certain of seeing them all.  If I
was looking for them my plan would be in order of travel:

40 spot
Black headed Honeyeater
Green Rosella
Tasmanian Native hen
Dusky Robin
Yellow throated Honeyeater
Yellow Wattlebird

Tasmanian Thornbill
Strong billed Honeyeater (try opposite the old school house at Neika if you
have trouble - they can be surprisingly hard to find when you want to)
Black Currawong
Tasmanian Scrubwren
and any honeyeaters you missed at Tinderbox

Scott, contact me directly if you want more details on where to go at these

Murray Lord

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