From: Lorne Johnson <>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 12:21:58 +1000
G'day bird lovers. Lorne here.

Just had a wonderful week in the natural splendour of Tasmania from the
7th to the 14th of July. Found all the endemics, and ticked Forest
Raven, Cape Barren Goose, Tasmanian Scrubwren and Black-faced Shag.

Here is where I found all the endemics, for those of you who are

1. FORTY-SPOTTED PARDALOTE - McCracken Gully on Bruny Island.
3. TASMANIAN NATIVE-HEN - various swamps and ponds throughout Tassie
4. BLACK CURRAWONG - Cradle Mountian area (particularly Dove Lake car
park) and Forestry Road north-west (?) of Copping.
5. TASMANIAN THORNBILL - Cradle Mountain area
6. DUSKY ROBIN - Hall's Saddle, in the suburb of Fern Tree, at the base
of Mt. Wellington
7. SCRUB-TIT - Fern glade track in Fern Tree
8. YELLOW WATTLEBIRD - Freycinet Lodge and environs, Cradle Mountain
NPWS office area, Port Arthur
9. STRONG-BILLED HONEYEATER - Cradle Mountian NPWS office area (Pencil
Pines walk)
10. YELLOW ROSELLA - Port Arthur and many other areas of Tassie
11. YELLOW-THROATED HONEYEATER - Port Arthur area, Fern Tree

Of all the endemics, I found the Dusky Robin and Scrub-tit the hardest
to find. Quite a bit of work was put in to find them. All the others
were found quickly, or stumbled upon.

Also saw Rufous-bellied Pademelons, wombats, a potoroo, brushtail
possums and devils (the latter were road kills unfortunately).

So many parts of Tasmania were captivating - the vast mauve expanse of
Great Oyster Bay on dusk, the lichen and spagnum richness of Cradle
Mountain, the pinkish granite boulders and aqua serenity of Freycinet
National Park, the rugged beaches of the west coast, the treeless
mountains south of Zeehan, the beautiful and dark feel of Port Arthur,
sunset from Bruny Island, the progressive cosmopolitan nature of Hobart
itself (how I love Battery Point!), the architecture and Englishness of
Ross, the windy roads guarded by rich emerald from Strahan to Hobart,
the wild eyed feral gas attendant at a petrol station in Queenstown, the
calls of the Black Currawongs and the fact they were all over cars at
Dove Lake, all the log fires along the way, Bream Creek wine, the
brilliant food in Hobart's Mit Zitrone restaurant, the pro-Green feel on
the streets of Hobart (complete with two girls dressed as Wedge-tailed
Eagles to raise awareness of their scarcity in Tassie), the great press
of people at Salamanca Markets...

One week was too brief. I could live in Hobart quite happily.

A huge thank you (or massive rezpect as Ali G would say) to Edwin Vella
for his wealth of accurate birding tips.

And to my girlfriend, who isn't a birdwatcher, but found me a Scrub-tit,
without binoculars, after a bit of searching, when I was gazing off
somewhere else, dazed and confused.

Peace and light to all,


Russell Woodford
Music & Info Systems
Sacred Heart College Geelong
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