South Coast Track - Tassie

To: Vivien Rolland <>
Subject: South Coast Track - Tassie
From: "Jeremy O'Wheel" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:58:53 +1100
Hi Viv,

You should get some of the endemics on that walk without much effort (other
than having to do the walk).

Green Rosella, Strong-billed HE, Yellow Throated HE, Tas Thornbill, Tas
Scrubwren, and Black Currawong are all reasonably common in that area.

Dusky Robin is a chance, but if you don't get it there, some of the drier
forests around Hobart are your best bet (Peter Murrell Reserve is good).
Scrubtit will probably require heading to higher altitudes, although it may
be possible in some of the more rainforesty sections of the track.  Around
Mt Wellington is probably the easiest place to see it.
40 Spotted Pardalote won't be seen in that area, but is possible at Peter
Murrell, and relatively easy to find at Bruny Island and Maria Island (you
can get all the endemics on Bruny, and there's a ferry out there that takes
cars, so you can do it on a day trip).
Tas Native-hen is possible when you get to Cockle Creek, and on the drive
from there to Hobart.  They are also very common in some places around
Hobart, including Peter Murrell, Gould's Lagoon, and Water Works reserve,
or even on the drive to the airport.
Black-headed HE is quite common in drier forests around Hobart, although
probably a possibility around Cockle Creek (although I don't think I've
seen it there).  Peter Murrell, Waterworks Reserve, Knocklofty or the areas
around Mt Nelson would all be good sites.
Yellow Wattlebird is also common around Hobart.  There's one that nests in
a tree (near the chess board) at Franklin Square in the middle of the city,
or you'll probably see them at every moderately forested area.

OBP, is obviously best at Melaluca, and highly unlikely anywhere else,
although I think occasionally seen on the walk out too.  You should have a
pretty good chance at the moment, since the population has doubled due to
released captive birds, and I think early fledglings might be out by then
too, so there could be over 50 birds in the area.

Swift Parrots have been seen a few times at Peter Murrell recently, but
your best bet is Bruny Island.

Good luck :)


On 11 December 2013 10:58, 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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