RFI Tasmania - Strahan & Scrubtit

Subject: RFI Tasmania - Strahan & Scrubtit
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 16:34:07 +1000
Hi Marlene,
Certainly, Fernglade should be one of the best spots for Scrubtit - or other forested gullies on Mt Wellington. Forests on Bruny are also likely. There is also a good reserve between Hobart and the Airport - Red Gate Section of the Meehan Range conservation park. Take the Cambridge turnoff, and almost immediatly turn left again onto Belbins Rd. 100m or so, park at the gate and walk into the reserve, and up the dry, scrubby gullies - good for various bush birds, and occasionally Blue-winged parrots, Black and Grey Currawongs, etc.

The Truganini REserve between Hobart and Taroona, along the Channel Highway, is also quite a good spot, and sometimes a Masked Owl roosts in there.

Not so sure of reserves around Strahan, though people do sometimes report Azure Kingfisher (a real rarity for Tassie) up along the Gordon River. The Button-grass plains around Strahan Airfield are meant to be good for Ground Parrots, Southern Emu-wren and Striated Fieldwren.

Happy birding,
John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 15/11/2007, at 12:51 PM, Marlene Lyell wrote:

Hi All,

      Off to Tasmania for 11 days next week and would appreciate any
information regarding good birding areas around Strahan.  I've seen it
mentioned in a few posts, but no particular reserves or parks have been

It's over 30 years since we've been there and Strahan was just a little sleepy fishing village from which one tourist boat, the Denison Star, took
visitors up the beautiful Gordon River.   Birding was not even a
consideration in those days.

After going on the pelagic from Eaglehawk Neck, we'll be travelling around
Hobart for 6 days visiting Peter Murrell Reserve, Bruny Island and the
Tahune Airwalk.

So any info regarding reserves etc in those areas would also be very

My ULTIMATE tick for the island would be a SCRUBTIT. This will be my third
visit to Fern Glade, so I'm hoping 'third time lucky'.

Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Happy birding and thanks



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