RFI: Photographing Tassie endemics.

Subject: RFI: Photographing Tassie endemics.
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 23:04:25 +1000
Hi Marlene,
Not all that familiar with the East Coast, per se. Around St. Helen's area should be pretty good. Ian May would have some good ideas. In the South East, the REd Gate Section of the Meehan Range Conservation area is good for honeyeaters. Coming OUT of Hobart towards the airport, take the Cambridge turnoff, and turn left again straight away into Belbins Rd. A couple of hundred metres along,park in the parking area, and walk into the park and up the gully. Should get Yellow Wattlebirds, Yellow Throated, and probably Strong-billed and Black- headed Honeyeaters, probably Green Rosellas, and possibly Black Currawong. Native Hens are all over the place. Dusky Robins are a bit harder to be certain, but open farming areas around Seven Mile Beach/Lauderdale are likely spots. Tasmanian Thornbills, Scrubwrens and Scrubtits are probably most likely in fern gullies on Mt Wellington, or along Sandspit River Track in Weilangta State Forest, between Orford and Copping.

Hope you get onto some good pics.

John Tongue
Uverstone, Tas.

On 19/08/2008, at 5:30 PM, Marlene Lyell wrote:

Hi All,

I'll be in Tassie in mid September (pelagic) and hoping to photograph
as many endemics as possible.

I'm giving a talk in March about Tassie birds, including pelagics and ,
whilst I've photos of Albatross etc, that are suitable,   I've a short
supply of decent photos of Tassie bush birds.

We'll have about 7 days (2 of which will be taken up with the pelagic) and
the intended route, after leaving the ferry, is down the east coast to
Eaglehawk Neck. I'll visit Peter Murrell reserve after the pelagic and then
be heading back up to Wynyard/Devonport..

Would anyone have any other recommendations as to sites along the east
coast, eg: caravan parks or parks, that might provide photographic
opportunities for the endemics please.

I know there are honeyeaters along the Inglis River in Wynyard, but they
tend to stay high in the foliage and difficult to photograph.

Any help with sites will be gratefully received.

Thanks and Happy Birding



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