FW: tasmanian trip

To: burt may <>
Subject: FW: tasmanian trip
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 20:42:31 +1100
G'day Burt,
I'm not all that familiar with the subspecies, and which are endemic and not. The best one to contact would possibly be Trevor Cowie from SA.

As to the Endemic species, hope the following may be helpful:

Most of Tassie's endemics are pretty common. The main exception would be Forty-spotted Pardalote which, while rare, generally stay put in certain areas, so are likely to be able to be found. Most Euc woodlands on northern Bruny Island support populations of them, so that might be a good spot to try, if you are intending to go there. In fact, all 12 of the endemics have been found on Bruny Island.

If not going to Bruny, the best spot for 40-spots is Peter Murrell Reserve, in behind Blackman's Bay (Suburb is Huntingfield). Drive along Huntingfield Avenue, and just past the Vodafone Call centre/ factory, take the lane down to the reserve, and check in the trees around the dams on Coffee Creek. They work the foliage for lerps, and constantly give their soft "where, where" call. This reserve is pretty good for lots of other species, too.

The Ferntree Bower walk at Ferntree, on Mt Wellington is generally pretty good for Scrubtit (the other species a bit tricky to find), Scrubwren, and Tas. Thornbill. All three of these species are generally dense wet forest lovers, though the Scrubwren can generally be found pretty commonly. Also try the Sandspit River walk in Weilangta State Forest, on the way out towards the Tasman Peninsula, turn off for the forest drive through to Orford.

Black Currawong are mostly restricted to higher country (Mt Wellington, Lake St. Clair, Cradle Mountain, Central Plateau), though they are also often found in the Red Gate Section of the Meehan Range Conservtion Park. Head from Hobart towards the Airport, and just over the small 'range' take the Cambridge/Richmond exit. Then almost immediately turn left into Belbins Rd. Just a hundred metres or so, park in the little parking bay, and walk up the gully. Both Black and (non-endemic) Grey Currawongs are often found here. Also, a good spot for the honeyeaters - Black-headed, Strong-billed, Yellow-throated. These three are pretty common across most forests and woodlands in Tassie, though Strong-billed are less so. Best trick for them is to listen for tearing bark, like Shrike-tits on the mainland.

Yellow-wattlebirds are also pretty common in Tassie forests and woodlands, but only in the East and South. It's very tough to find them in the Northwest and West.

Dusky Robins are fairly common in woodlands and farmlands. They like to perch in dead trees and on fence-posts.

Green Rosellas are pretty common in woodlands and forests, though not in more open country.

Tasmanian Native Hens are common in open country along creek-lines and around dams and watercourses.

Any other info I can give about these species, or others, or subspecies you're after, send me an email offline.

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 26/10/2009, at 12:22 AM, burt may wrote:

From: burt may 
Sent: Sunday, 25 October 2009 11:49 PM
To: 'birding-'
Subject: tasmanian trip

HI, All, Will be visiting TAS from 2nd of Nov to 15th of Nov. The 1st week I will be staying in Hobart. The 2nd week I have hired a Campervan & will be travelling a round. If any one can give me locations were to see the endemics & Subspecies I would appreciate it. If any one as the time to show me places, I would be very grateful .Are there any Pelagic trips during
this period.

Regards Burt May


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