Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
Date: 5 Mar 2012 01:30:47 +1000

Birdline Tasmania

Published sightings for the week ending 4 Mar 2012.

Sat 3 Mar Banded Stilt Flinders Island
Approximately 2000 Banded Stilts were observed in the north-eastern bay of Logan Lagoon, Flinders Island (55G 0610615 E 5553839 S) on 24th-25th February 2012. They were observed roosting in a straight line approximately 10 birds deep, 100 metres offshore in shallow water. When feeding they moved as one group in an ever changing line, wading in the shallows 100-200 metres offshore. The flock was a mixture of adults in breeding and non-breeding plumage with some juveniles. No other wader species were seen in the flock. In 2003, between 1000-3000 Banded Stilts were also observed in this area, travelling between Cameron Inlet, Logan Lagoon and Adelaide Bay from approximately mid- January through till March-April. All other Tasmanian sightings of Banded Stilts have been in numbers less than 10.
Liz Znidersic and Dr Sue Robinson (DPIPWE).

Mon 27 Feb Marsh Sandpiper Orielton Lagoon
Marsh Sandpiper (6) seen from causeway. in a loose group. vigorous feeding, wading up to belly, plunging head and neck under the water. finely built,long legs, white below. bill dark, long and quite fine.slightly streaked crown. throat white, forehead white, white between bill and eye. darker at shoulder than rest of the wing.
Kim and Geoff Larmour

Sun 26 Feb Welcome Swallow Wynyard Golf Club
During a golf round my partner and I were obviously stirring grounded insects into flight, creating a feast for a flock of swallows. To our surprise one of the swallows was completely white. We had clear vision for about 10 minutes and it definitely was a swallow. I will be golfing at the course on Tuesday (28th) and will keep an eye open for the albino again.
Derek Leary

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