Fwd: South Coast Track - Tassie

Subject: Fwd: South Coast Track - Tassie
From: Vivien Rolland <>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:56:20 +1100

Thanks a lot to everyone who answered my email, whether it be on the list or in 


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> From: "Jeremy O'Wheel" <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] South Coast Track - Tassie
> Date: 11 December 2013 11:58:53 am AEDT
> To: Vivien Rolland <>
> Cc: "" <>
> 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 :)
> Jeremy
> 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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