Subject: TASSIE TRIP REPORT April ?05
From: Frank Pierce / Janet Mattiske <>
Date: Sun, 01 May 2005 18:46:33 +1000

I have recently returned from a two week tour of Tassie with my partner
Janet. The serious birding component of this trip was to find the 3 endemic
subspecies that I missed in September 04 (see my report posted on 14-12-04).

We took our car on the Spirit of Tasmania from Melbourne and did 2,800k?s
travelling anticlockwise.
The weather was better than expected, it rained a few nights and for most
of one day. We camped most of the time.

We recorded 100 species including 13 not seen by me in Tassie before.
However the birding was incidental except for searching for the 3 targets
and I had to visit Peter Murrell Reserve to see the Forty-spotted
Pardalote. All the Tassie endemic species were seen. The birding results
are summarised below.

Lewins Rail ?brachipus?                 seen at Raminea in tidal section of the 
                                        Also heard at tidal section of 
D?Entrecasteaux River  at the north
end of Recherche Bay.

Azure Kingfisher ?diemenensis?          seen at main road bridge over Montagu
River. This was after searching 3 other recommended sites. It was also not
seen on the                                     Pieman River Cruise.

Tawny-crowned Honeyeater ?chelidonia?   seen on Bluff Hill Point road 1.3k
west of main road. Also seen at ?Edge of the World? at Arthur River mouth.


Duck, Musk ? Meadowbank Lake, Orielton Lake
Penguin, Little- Ocean Beach at Strahan (beachwashed)
Sparrowhawk, Collared - Somerset
Godwit, Bar-tailed ? Moulting Lagoon
Plover, Red-capped- Ocean Beach at Strahan
Plover, Double-banded- Ocean Beach at Strahan
Tern, Caspian- Leprena Track s of D?Entrecasteaux River mouth ? seen
catching 150mm fish
Rosella, Eastern ? roadside n of Coles Bay; Bass Hwy w of Deloraine
Parrot, Ground - Ocean Beach Rd 0.5k w of Strahan Airport
Pardalote, Forty-spotted - Peter Murrell Res
Scrubtit-Nelson Falls Walk; Styx Valley; Leprena Track s of D?Entrecasteaux
River mouth
Robin, Dusky ? Somerset; Peter Murrell Reserve
Whistler, Olive ? Table Cape Lookout; Lake St Clair NP; Cockle Creek on
South Cape Bay walk
Woodswallow, Dusky - Table Cape
Firetail, Beautiful ? Narawntapu NP
Martin, Tree - Table Cape
Grassbird, Little ? Somerset; Table Cape
Thrush, Bassian- Lake St Clair NP: Mt Field NP; Cockle Creek; Leprena Track
s of D?Entrecasteaux River mouth


Frank Pierce

Duck, Musk
Swan, Black
Shelduck, Australian
Duck, Australian Wood
Duck, Pacific Black
Shoveller, Australasian
Teal, Grey
Teal, Chestnut
Grebe, Australasian
Grebe, Hoary-headed
Penguin, Little
Cormorant, Little Pied
Cormorant, Black-faced
Cormorant, Little Black
Cormorant, Great Cormorant
Pelican, Australian
Heron, White-faced
Egret, Great
Egret, Cattle
Sea-Eagle, White-bellied
Goshawk, Brown
Sparrowhawk, Collared
Eagle, Wedge-tailed
Falcon, Brown
Falcon, Peregrine
Rail, Lewin's
Swamphen, Purple
Moorhen, Dusky
Native-hen, Tasmanian
Coot, Eurasian
Godwit, Bar-tailed
Stint, Red-necked
Oystercatcher, Pied
Oystercatcher, Sooty
Plover, Red-capped
Plover, Double-banded
Dotterel, Black-fronted
Plover, Hooded
Lapwing, Masked
Gull, Pacific
Gull, Kelp
Gull, Silver
Tern, Caspian
Tern, Crested
Dove, Rock
Bronzewing, Brush
Black-Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed
Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested
Rosella, Green
Rosella, Eastern
Parrot, Ground
Boobook, Southern
Kingfisher, Azure
Kookaburra, Laughing
Fairy-wren, Superb
Pardalote, Spotted
Pardalote, Forty-spotted
Scrubwren, Tasmanian
Fieldwren, Striated
Thornbill, Brown
Thornbill, Tasmanian
Wattlebird, Little
Miner, Noisy
Honeyeater, Yellow-throated
Honeyeater, Strong-billed
Honeyeater, Black-headed
Honeyeater, Crescent
Honeyeater, New Holland
Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned
Spinebill, Eastern
Robin, Dusky
Whistler, Olive
Whistler, Golden
Shrike-thrush, Grey
Fantail, Grey
Woodswallow, Dusky
Butcherbird, Grey
Magpie, Australian
Currawong, Black
Raven, Forest
Pipit, Richard's
Sparrow, House
Firetail, Beautiful
Greenfinch, European
Goldfinch, European
Swallow, Welcome
Martin, Tree
Reed-Warbler, Clamorous
Grassbird, Little
Thrush, Bassian
Blackbird, Common
Starling, Common

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