RE: birding-aus RFI - TASMANIA

To: "Birding Aus" <>, "EDWIN VELLA" <>
Subject: RE: birding-aus RFI - TASMANIA
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 10:49:35 +1000



Blue-winged Parrots and Pink Robins should be a straightforward find in the north of Tasmania.


A really good spot for several endemics, including Pink Robin,  is Notley Fern Gorge, about 20km to the north of Launceston on the west side of the Tamar River. I think it's a temperate rainforest - full of huge tree-ferns. The Pink Robin's call is a distinctive clear click, like the snapping of a small dry twig - I suppose this could sound like a problem in a forest come to think of it, but in fact it's a very clean and clear sound.


The area between Legana, Bridgenorth and Notley Fern Gorge, and back to Exeter should also give you Blue-winged Parrots more or less as a roadside bird.


I don't know about Striated Fieldwrens in the north of the state, I've only seen them up on the Central Plateau - but it could be worth a look in the reedbeds alongside the West Tamar Highway - I've seen Australian Bitterns and Masked Owls along there by the way, and it's a great place to see Marsh Harriers in numbers at this time of year.


Happy hunting


Bill Jolly

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-----Original Message-----
From: [On Behalf Of EDWIN VELLA
Sent: Wednesday, 15 December 1999 17:24
Subject: birding-aus RFI - TASMANIA


I will away for a week in Tasmania between 26th December and 3rd January. I will be staying with a friend at Longford (near Launceston in the northern part of the state). Although I have been able to get information on where to find the 12 endemics, any additional information on where to find them will be most welcome, especially in the northern part of the state. I would also like to know where there are any fairly reliable spots for Blue-winged Parrots, Pink Robins and Striated Fieldwrens. Are there also any accessible spots to see Orange-bellied Parrots (without flying out to Melaleuca).


Finally, I would like to do some sea watching from the coast (since It may be hard to go on a pelagic during this time) and would like to know what areas may be ideal to do so. Are there places where Common Diving Petrels, White-chinned Petrels and Grey Petrels can be sighted from land.





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