South Coast Track - Tassie

To: Vivien Rolland <>
Subject: South Coast Track - Tassie
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:24:22 +1100
Hi Viv,
Well, you'll clearly need to check out the feed station at Melaleuca for OBPs - 
the only place and time you have a good likelihood of finding them.

Along that track, through the button grass and heaths, especially where there 
are scattered shrubs throughout, should be good for Emu-wrens, Tawny-crowned 
Honeyeaters, Blue-winged Parrots, Eastern Ground Parrots, etc.  Keep an eye out 
in the forested patches for Pink Robins, Tas Scrubwrens and Thornbills, and 
Scrubtits.  Raptors could turn up anywhere, but keep an eye out for Wedgies, 
Brown Falcons, Brown Goshawks and Grey (White) Goshawks.  Collared Sparrowhawk 
and Hobby are possible, but fairly 'fluky'.  You should be able to get both 
Black and Grey Currawong, if not on the walk itself, then driving back to 
Hobart, and/or exploring woodlands and forests on the way.  Green Rosellas and 
Tas Native Hens should be common on the drive back, if not before, as would 
Dusky Robin.  For Forty Spotted Pardalotes, you'll have to visit Peter Murrell 
Reserve, near Kingston, or Bruny Island, either before or after your walk.  For 
most of the endemic Honeyeaters, try out more open woodlands, and verging into 
forest.  They're not so keen on the actual rain forests, though.

Hope that might be a bit of a help.

Cheers, and have a great trip,
John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 11/12/2013, at 10:58 AM, Vivien Rolland <> wrote:

> Good morning,
> I will be hicking along the south coast track over christmas - from Melaleuca 
> to Cockle creek. I have never been to Tassie so I will obviously be after 
> endemics but in more general terms I would really appreciate any advice or 
> tip you are willing to share!
> Thanks a lot!
> Cheers,
> Viv

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